How to make time for your writing

Screen shot 2013-09-07 at 1.49.54 PMThink you don’t have time for your creative pursuits?

Or is it simply that you’re not prioritizing them?

Yes, I absolutely agree that life is busy. There is a lot of stuff to do. But wait. Hang on. Don’t we have MORE time now as a result of technology advancements? I mean, my grandmother didn’t have a dishwasher. She didn’t have a washing machine or a dryer. She had a sink of soapy water, some strange looking rack that you run clothes up and down (I have no idea why) and a length of rope strung between two trees in the backyard. There was no picking up McDonald’s on the way home, no ordering a pizza for dinner. Life was BUSY.

So, how come, if we have all of these modern conveniences, we’re still all complaining about not having any time? If we have enough time to watch TV in the evening or screw around on Facebook for an hour after the kids have gone to bed, what does that say about us? That yes, we are indeed busy, but that perhaps we’re busy doing the wrong things?

Things that don’t fulfill us. Habits. Trust me, I’ve got my own share of them. TV? I love it. I sit down and get up two hours later, zombified and unsure of what just happened, and how is it ten thirty already? And social media? Don’t even get me started on how much of a time-suck that is.

We might be busy doing different things, but luckily, there are plenty of things we can ditch or decrease to give us more time to spend on things we REALLY want to be doing!

Instead of vegging out on the couch after the kids go to bed, choose a few nights each week to sit quietly and work on a project that has special meaning to you. For me, this would be working on my latest novel, planning the ideas for my writers retreat next year, or speaking with personal coaching clients. For you, it might look similar, or it might look completely different. Maybe you could devote one evening a week to attending an art class, or working on your latest writing idea.

I know what you’re thinking.

But I’m too tiiiiiired. I need to tidy up and I want to catch up on Breaking Bad and I neeeeeeed to get more lives in Candy Crush.

Whatever. That’s cool. As long as you realize that you have the choice. You have the time. It’s up to you what you do with it.

 

 

 

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