How to schedule time for writing

Part of looking after yourself is to make sure you never do anything which adds no value to your life. I am a firm believer in planning my months, weeks, and days. Writing can often seem like one of those things you do when inspiration hits, but that is not a road to follow if you want to get anywhere as a writer. Inspiration rarely just ‘hits’. Even when it does, it usually happpens during a time where we are doing something else, so we pop it into the back of our heads and remind ourselves to do it later.

For those of you who would LOVE to be able to stick to a serious writing schedule every week, read on! I have some great tips to share!

These are some things you need to make sure you do first! BEFORE you set your writing schedule:

  1. Make it a habit to plan your week every Sunday! (This is great for every area of your life. You can do this even if your days are quite unpredictable – just list 2 or 3 things you want to get done for each day!)
  2. Make a schedule for cleaning! (Why am I saying this? Because cleaning can end up taking away from your writing time. Schedule days and times where you clean, do this each week.)
  3. Figure out when you are most creative! (A lot of people who claim they have no time to write could benefit from getting up early in the morning. Trust me, I did this, and I have never been a ‘morning person’.)
  4. Do these things for at least a couple of weeks before adding to your new routine.

Why number 4? I know from experience that changing too much in your routine at once can feel overwhelming, and you may stop it all together, as there are too many new things happening for your body and mind to get used to at once.

Once you have a weekly routine you are happy with, find a place for writing. If you still feel like your week is jam-packed with other activities, focus on finding just an hour a week, or 10 – 15 minutes a day. Make it small, simple, and achievable. Once you have your small goals in place, you can look at expanding it for yourself.

Always check your priorities. Are you spending a lot of time each week on something which doesn’t give you joy? Something you could technically stop doing, to gain that time back?

I personally realized I spent too many hours a week on Netflix. I thought I never really watched it a lot, but when I counted the hours, it all added up. What time of the day do you think I was doing this? Between 9pm and 1am. During those hours, I am not productive. I am tired, uncreative, and sometimes even a bit anxious. So, I decided to start waking up early, gaining some productive and creative hours in the morning, and skipping the un-useful ones at night. Now I get up sometime between 5 – 6am, and I am usually sound asleep before the clock strikes 10pm.

We are all different. This is just a guide to help you get started. You can tweak any of my advice to fit your lifestyle and personality.

I hope this was of use to you! Let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading.

 

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