We live in a time-starved society. We do too much and we move too fast. It’s no wonder you feel you can’t find the time to write.
If you want to write, I invite you to slow down just a bit and be willing to take a look at your life.
Below I’m going to make some suggestions as to how you can get your book or other project written in the same 24 hours you always had.
First, make absolutely sure you want to write. If you don’t feel called to do it, it simply won’t get done no matter how much time you find to do it.
Next, look at what’s going on in your life right now. For the next few days, write down what you do every half hour. This will help you see where there are gaps you might be able to use to get the writing done.
If you don’t see many gaps or ones that are too short, not writing may be the least of your problems.
Now, I want you to make a list of all the things you spend time doing. That means work, chores, errands, socializing, watching TV, playing games, reading, writing, etc. Put everything on this list that currently takes up some of your time.
Got your list? Now rate each thing from 1 to 5 with 1 being something you have to do and 5 being optional. This is based on your desires. Some people would put TV watching as 5 others might feel it’s a 3. What’s most important to you? You need to take that into consideration or you won’t make changes.
For example, let’s say you put watching TV as 5, but really feel it’s a 3. You just say 5 because you think you should, but it’s not what you really feel. Doing this only sets you up to fail. Honor your needs and desires.
Next, take your 4s or 5s and see what you can cut out completely or cut back on.
Look at your 1s, 2s and 3s and see if any of those can be cut back.
By now you should have found some time you can use to write. The next step is to schedule it. Get it on the calendar so you can be sure to get your words on the page. Those words add up, and before you know it you have an article or book.
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