For those who have tight schedules and obligations that are urgent and important, and can’t seem to find the time to form a consistent writing habit (even after reading my “Creating Free Time” post), there is another way to start one.
You simply ease it in.
If you only have one or to days off per week, those are the days you write and every other day you do what you do. Do this for a couple weeks, put in the consistent and conscious effort until it becomes natural and start to expand the number of days you write bit by bit. Your mind is lazy and hates taking big leaps, it prefers small and slow change over revolution. It’s not that the mind is stiff and isn’t open to change, it’s just that the grooves you created with your current lifestyle are so deep your mind needs time to break those first and then form a new habit.
Finding balance between writing and life isn’t that hard, so long as you know what’s important, what’s not, what you should oblige and what you should not. Most imbalance comes form taking on too much and not knowing how to say NO. Remember: it’s okay to say NO, you’re not hurting anyone by doing so, you’re simply telling the truth and not obligating yourself with pointless activity.
After you form a consistent habit of writing (which is the most important thing) you simply start eliminating other things you think are important but are actually urgent, meaning they need to be done now but it makes no real difference if it’s done at all. The task’s value is predicated only on it’s urgency and nothing else, it has no significant impact on your future whatsoever.
Once you eliminate those urgent but unimportant things, you fill that dead time with writing. That way, you start to establish some type of control. Some willpower in being able to do what you want when you want instead of being a slave to your schedule.
Finding balance is important and different for everyone, some are more effective when they write less, some when they write more. Find the amount of writing you can perform consistently aim for that every week and you should be fine. You don’t need to write 10,000 words per day to be successful, 1,000 words is enough, 2,000 words is great, and anything more is cause for celebration. Find your balance and catch your stride!
Well, that’s my spiel on the subject.
Till next week. . .