Finding Time To Write When You Have NO Time

6:00 AM

“Write at the edges of the day.”
 Toni Morrison, author of “Beloved”
 
You work. You go to school. You cook, clean, and take care of children. You have to make time for your relationship, to nurture friendships, and stay close to your family. With all of this going on how in the hell is a woman supposed to find time to write a book?

Working the graveyard shift full-time as a single woman rendered me useless on my off days. When I wasn't at work all I wanted to do was sleep. Before I knew it six months passed and I hadn't done one thing to work on my business. The hustle and bustle of daily life had me wondering how in the hell I would find time to write. Finally, I dropped the excuses and put my mind to work on finding the time to work. Here are some tips that I know will help you if your main reason for not moving forward with your publishing goals is "I don't have time!"
  • Not having time is an excuse. Deal with it. We all make time for what we want. Your writing is no different. From here on out you have to constantly tell yourself that you DO have time to write you just have to be creative with finding it.
  • Write when the rest of the household is gone or asleep. Wake up an hour earlier or go to sleep an hour later. This is guaranteed quiet time that you will have to focus. When I was living with family I would stay up late and write while everyone was asleep. Azarel, founder of Life Changing Books, used this tactic as well and recommends it to this day.
  • Take advantage of your lunch break. T. Styles says that when she wrote her first book she was so determined that she would be at work on lunch with a sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other. She wanted to get her book done by any means necessary and she is now one of the most successful self-published authors today. I personally use my lunch breaks, whether I'm at work or home, to multi-task and get some writing done. Trust me, this works.
  • On off days or weekends when the kids have activities stay home and work on your writing. Put the cleaning and other responsibilities to the side for an hour or two and get some uninterrupted work done. 
  • BONUS! Turn your phone on Do Not Disturb while you work. Ignore everybody and everything during writing time and don't stop for a break until your time is up. Sometimes I set a timer so that once it goes off I know my writing time is done for the day or I can take a break and get back at it.




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