It can be hard to make time to write, especially if you want or have to be more than just a writer. Which is most of us, right? Very few people have absolutely nothing else going on. Very few people are given all day to write. That’s just not realistic.
I have a little baby boy to look after and a house to keep clean. Laundry that constantly piles up, and grocery shopping that keeps needing to be done. I guarantee you I spend more time with my little guy and husband and more time cleaning than I ever do writing. And I’m okay with that. I want it that way. But that doesn’t mean I don’t write.
Just because you have a busy schedule, should you give up on your dreams and admit defeat? Absolutely not! You can find time to write with a busy schedule, no matter how busy it is. I promise.
We’re writers, and we are creative. So we just have to get creative about how we find time to write. Whether you are a busy parent, have a full time job, or are trying to get through school, or any other reason, there is a way to find time to write!
How to Make Time to Write With a Busy Schedule
Wake Up Early
You can make time to write with a busy schedule by getting up early. Try getting up even 15 minutes earlier than you are now. Write before you head off to the day job. Write before the kids get up for the day. Waking up early might be a great way to start your day doing something productive which can help you be productive all day. It can also be helpful to write before the activities of the day tire you and wear you down. First thing in the morning, your creativity might be at it’s highest. And starting the day with a creative activity might help you remain creative throughout the day.
Write on Your Lunch Break
You can make time to write with a busy schedule if you are willing to sacrifice part of your lunch time. If you’re a stay-at-home mom like me, lunch breaks don’t really exist. But hopefully you still set aside time each day to eat lunch. That could also be the time you set aside for writing. If you work, take a quick lunch break and spend the rest of your allotted break writing. This might not be your favorite way to find time to write, but it’s better than not writing at all. Right? This tactic could also be used any time you find yourself on a break.
Stay up Late
Not a morning person? That’s okay, I’m not either. Make time to write with a busy schedule by staying up later. Even if you have to get up early the next morning with an early-rising child, or for an early class or job try staying up 15 or 20 minutes later than normal and dedicate that time to writing (not another show on Netflix). Use this time to de-stress from a long day by doing something that you love. If you decide to stay up late to make time for writing tell yourself it is a reward for all your hard work. View it as something to look forward to. Writing at night can be hard if you are exhausted from a long day. But if you tell yourself it’s what you deserve after that boring meeting with your boss, or after looking after a sick child, or after studying for that huge exam, then it won’t be another thing to get done. It will be something to help get you through the long day and you will be more likely to write at night.
Use a Notebook
A laptop might not be feasible to always have with you. But a small notebook, sure! Make time to write with a busy schedule by carrying around a notebook. This way you can write down ideas as they come to you and even work on scenes and rough drafts whenever you have a moment to spare. Then, when you have a larger chunk of time, probably on the weekends or in the evenings, you can type what you’ve written. Unless you want to handwrite your first draft. Which, if you’ve never thought about it, is an option worth considering.
Write in Small Chunks
Maybe you don’t have an hour to sit down and write, but you have five minutes in the morning, 10 after the dishes are done, 7 before your next class. If you find time throughout the day, it might add up to more than you think. You can make time to write with a busy schedule if you write in small chunks during the day. Whenever you have a spare moment, use that time to write. It might be hard to start and stop just as you feel like something is happening, but writing here and there is better than not writing. And if this is the way you find time, I’m sure it will get easier to pick up where you left off without wasting the few precious minutes you have before real life calls for you.
I personally use several of these time hacks to maximize my time for writing. They have been helpful for me, and I hope they help you too. Although none are a perfect solution, writing is really important to me and I do what I can to make it happen. If you are serious about wanting to write, these tricks can be the difference between writing regularly or not. Which tip are you most excited to try? How do you find time to write with a busy schedule? If you have tricks I don’t mention, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.