Time is money. No time to waste. Don’t have time for this. Need more time. If only I had the time. Time flies when you’re having fun.
We’ve all heard or said these things before. Why? Because it’s true. Time is important to us and we never seem to have enough of it. At times, it’s frustrating…because we want more time, or we wish we would’ve spent our time differently.
It all goes back to the fact that time is limited. Whether you have three hours of free time to accomplish something, or whether you’re just thinking about your life as a whole. Time is limited. And so we value it.
So the question becomes, “How should I manage my time?” And it’s an important question! Because so much depends on the answer to this question.
I’m only going to investigate this question as it pertains to writing. We have so much we want to accomplish, so many things to do between blogging, writing, editing, networking, etc. It’s easy to get overwhelmed (like yours truly). Besides all that, we have our lives to attend to also: relationships, work, school, etc.
Write When You’re In the Mood…and Write A LOT!
This might seem obvious, but it’s the truth. Sometimes we don’t have time to write when we’re in the mood, unfortunately. But when you do have time and you’re in the mood to write, edit, or blog (or any combination), DO IT.
Essentially, the idea is to poop out as much work as you can, acting solely off of your “mood to write”. For instance, I’m usually in the mood to blog on Saturday mornings. So what do I do? I blog (duh). But I also write SEVERAL posts, allowing my determination to keep me going so that I not only have a post for the weekend, but also for throughout the coming week.
In the end, as you might imagine, this SAVES TIME. In fact, it ensures that I actually have something to publish on WP, which is important. Because then I don’t have to take time away from school or work to blog. In the end, writing when you’re in the mood is extremely important.
This is something interesting that I’ve been noticing with many big-time authors out there. They readjust their schedule to suit their writing-moods and the amount of alone-time they have. Let’s be honest, having alone-time is extremely important when it comes to writing.
Sleep is totally necessary: please make sure you’re getting enough of it! But if you think you’d be comfortable writing right after you wake up, then maybe it’s time to set your alarm clock for an hour earlier. Maybe this means sacrificing some of your night life. But will it be worth it? I think so.
Consider readjusting your sleep schedule. Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn Series and many more, goes to bed at 3 A.M. and wakes up at 11 A.M. That’s still 8 hours of sleep! And it works for him as a writer. He gets to spend the day with his family and then he gets to write at night.
Obviously, we aren’t Brandon Sanderson (yet 😉 ). But you get the idea. Adjusting your sleep schedule can produce great results for your writing-life!
Work With People
If writing is important to you, don’t be afraid to work with the people in your lives to ensure that you have time to write. This is a touchy subject, I know. I would never encourage you to be selfish with your time; other people might deserve your attention more than your writing. This might suck at times, but it’s part of being a family, friend, employee, etc.
And all of these (at least being a family) is more important than writing. Let’s keep things in perspective.
But you can still try to make people understand 🙂
Hope these tips help! Please share your tips about how to save time and write more!