There are 2 ways you can increase the amount of writing you get done. The first way is to increase your writing speed. The second way is to increase the amount of time you have for writing.
In some cases, you just can’t make more time for writing without completely burning yourself out. That’s okay, because you can always try to increase your writing speed.
But if you do think that there are some ways to make more time for writing, you just don’t know what they are, then keep reading. I have 9 ways you can make time for writing.
1. Wake Up Earlier and Write in the Mornings
One of the ways you can make more time for writing is by making more time in your day. I do this by trying to wake up early as often as I can.
Some mornings I just can’t wake up early. Maybe it’s because I’m sick, or because I need the extra sleep because I’m working more than usual. Sometimes I just have a rough night of sleep and need to get a couple of extra hours to feel normal.
Most mornings I get up pretty early, to write in the mornings. I usually get up at 6:00 a.m. and start writing at around 7:30 p.m. Writing takes up a lot of my energy, so I like to write in the mornings before all of my energy is taken up.
That being said, I’m not a morning person. It’s just that I know how difficult it is for me to write in the afternoons and evenings, so I try to make sure that I have ample time to write in the mornings.
2. Stay Up Later and Write in the Evenings
If you do find that you write well in the evenings, then try staying up later so that you have more time to write at night.
Sometimes, writing in the evenings is great! Everyone else is tired and just wants to relax, some people might even be asleep already. It’ll be quiet and peaceful, which is great for some nice writing sessions.
3. Write During Work Breaks
If you have a job that prevents you from writing, you may be able to squeeze in a few words during breaks.
Let’s say you have 30 minutes of a lunch break. If you eat your lunch in 20 minutes, that means you have 10 minutes for writing.
It may not seem like much, but those extra 10 minutes add up quickly. If you work 5 days a week and having a typing speed of 30 words per minute, then you’ll have an extra 1500 words each week.
4. Make a Habit of Writing
If you make a habit of anything, you’ll start devoting time to it.
For example, many of us make the habit of watching TV after our work days. So we consistently make sure we have 1 or 2 hours to watch TV each evening. Watching TV becomes a ritual, and it gets a consistent amount of our time and energy.
If you decide to make writing a habit, you’ll begin devoting a consistent amount of your time and energy to reaching your goals.
I have a habit of writing in the mornings almost as soon as I finish eating my breakfast, and since I began that habit, I began working on writing and/or editing almost everyday. Usually I work on my writing projects for 2 to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.
5. Schedule Time to Write
Another way to make time for writing is by purposefully scheduling time to write (and sticking to your schedule).
This works well if you lead a busy life, since it gives you a chance to sit down and just focus on writing, without having to worry about anything else.
The most important thing about scheduling time to write is that you honor that time, and use it to progress in your writing goals. If you schedule some writing time and then decide to watch some TV instead of writing, you aren’t going to make any progress.
6. Give Yourself Concrete Writing Goals
One way to make the act of making time for writing easier is by giving yourself concrete writing goals.
A concrete goal is a goal that has these two parts:
- A task that needs to be accomplished
- A hard deadline for when that task needs to be accomplished
When you give yourself concrete goals, you’re acknowledging the fact that you need to get something done in a certain amount of time. Doing so will make you more motivated to work on achieving that goal, and so you’ll be more likely to make time to work on it.
7. Keep Track of Your Writing
Whenever I hold myself accountable for how much time I spend on writing or editing, I always end up devoting more time to it.
One of my favorite ways to do this is by having a mini calendar that is just made up of squares. That’s it, just little squares with no dates on them or anything. All I have is the month written at the top. Each day that I work on writing or editing, I fill in the square for that day.
It’s very simple, but it helps keep me on track. It also helps me see which days are better for writing. Since doing that, I know that Saturdays are the worst for me, and Tuesdays are the best, when it comes to working on writing or editing.
8. Give Yourself Vacations
If you lead a busy life, one of the ways you can make some time for writing is by giving yourself a vacation from the rest of your life. You won’t be able to drop everything, but it’ll give you a nice chunk of time to just work on your writing projects.
9. Have Conditional Rewards
While this isn’t a way to make extra time for writing, it is a way to create extra motivation.
If you have a few concrete writing goals, give yourself some conditional rewards based off of the completion of them. That way if you do complete your goals on time, you’ll get something extra out of it.
For example, I like to give myself breaks after completing large projects on time. During these breaks I allow myself to do whatever I want, and so it’s a great opportunity to recharge my energy levels and gain some new inspiration.
How do you make time for writing? Let me know by leaving a comment.
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