Time is Everything–How Do You Manage Your Time?

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.

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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.

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When you’re in the mood…

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.

Sleep Schedule

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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!


14 thoughts on “Time is Everything–How Do You Manage Your Time?”

    1. It’s a big issue for me too! I’d bet that most authors (or at least self published authors) struggle with this problem also…


  1. Haha, the timing of this post is interesting, because I just wrote a post on time a couple of days back. 😝

    And it’s a great post as always! Time is definitely a problem for me, augmented by a lack of self-discipline and motivation at times. But I know I can do it, because I’ve won NaNoWriMo before! 😄

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    1. Hah! No way!
      Ah, yes, lack of self discipline and motivation are time killers themselves. I need to get better in that area too.
      But that’s awesome, wow, I give you credit! 50,000 words is a lot!!

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      1. Haha, thanks! I almost went bonkers last year because I was taking a course on data analytics in office in the same month… luckily the exam ended a week before 30 Nov, and I never thought I could make both the exam and NaNoWriMo! But I’m never again doing both in the same month. 😆

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      2. Haha, not really, I found that I couldn’t write while I needed to study / attend class (brain fried…), so I took the last week of November off work and wrote 25k words by sheer brute force in order to win! I’m still in semi-resting mode now, a few months later, so never again. 😅

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