My schedule is pretty intense at the moment. I’m in my third year of University, I run this blog along with my Medium page and somehow need to find time for other things. This isn’t a self-flagellation post about how “I work harder than everyone else in the room” or how I sacrifice things to get stuff done. This post is just what I’ve recently started to do in order to get cracking even when I’m struggling with time management. I think as writers and readers, the modern world can provide so many distractions to a good book or piece of writing. We each need to make an effort to hit our reading goals or our daily word counts. This post is written to help people in a similar position, not to flex. With that being said, here is what I do.
The morning is when I am at my most creative and have the most willpower… Once I’m out of bed of course — that’s always a struggle! Depending on the responsibilities I have to do in the day I’ll wake up at around 4:00am or 5:00am. If it’s a super busy day I’ll wake up at 4:00am but most of the time it’s around 5:00am. I’ll get up, make my bed throw on some trainers and shorts and go for a quick run just to get the blood pumping. Usually I’ll get back at around 6:00am, so I’ll jump in the shower and get dressed. I don’t have any writing projects at the moment, nothing like a book in the works because I want to make sure that I work on my dissertation this year and more than one long term project may risk unhinging my progress on my degree.
With that being said though, I’ll still write fiction. I’ve started using writing prompts as a pose to thinking up my own ideas because brainstorming is also something that takes time. I’ll write for about an hour everyday just to stay in the swing of writing, I treat it like a muscle so I can continually progress and get better even when there is no book in the works. I’ll crack on with this process at around 6:30am to 7:00am and finish up around 7:30am or 8:00am. After this I’ve got the entire day to think about uni.
Lectures will usually start around 9:00am and I’ll crack on with those until I’m free for the day where I will continue to write, although this time for assignments instead of journal entries and fiction. That’s usually a typical day for me although it can be really hard. Waking up at 5:00am/4:00am can be pretty gruelling to say the least, but it’s worth it, 100%! I’m not going to pretend I do this perfectly every single day but I try my best to make it a habit.
This explains how I have time to write fiction and do my uni work but I also run these blogs, this one “A Writer’s Bookshelf” and a new project called “The Intuitive”. I generate all the content for these projects on the same day, usually a Monday as I have no lessons on that particular day. I’ll wake up and do my thing then grind away at the keyboard until I’ve written at least five posts, which is a rough word count of around 3,750 words. Sometimes more, sometimes less. By generating all this content on the same day I have the rest of the week to work on dissertations and assignments.
The truth about this whole process is that we need to make time for the things we love. We can’t just rely on our passions otherwise life can run away from us and seem to fall through our fingers like sand. When I’m busy I make a sacrifice, not because I’m some kind of motivational guru but because I love writing and I love literature. Truth be told a lot of the time it doesn’t feel like work as all of these projects come from a place of passion. With all of this being said I can’t do it every day. No matter how strong we are or how motivated we are we will fall off the wagon every so often eventually — we are all human after all! I take each time I fail as a reason to get better and viewing it positively is really important… At least it is for me.
What do you Think?
How do you guys find time to write at the moment? Do you wake up early like me or find time in other parts of the day? Let me know down in the comments of this post I’d love to know.