How To Maximize Your Writing Time

Making The Most Out Of Your Time To Write

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We all have the same amount of time, 24 hours in a day.

How are you utilizing that time to write?

I work 40 hours a week, from home. I have two young sons, Elijah and Aiden, who are 4 and 6. I’m married and with that comes many responsibilities.

I find time to write every day.

Here are some ways to achieve what you want in the time you have to spend.

  1. Make A To-Do List Everyday

Write down the things you want to accomplish during the day. Put those in order of importance. Then when you’re done with those, you can sit down and write. Think of it as your reward at the end of the day. Make sure you add Writing on your list.

You can also flip that around and write first and then finish everything on your list.

2. Wake Up One Hour Earlier Than Everyone Else

You can always change your schedule to fit writing in. There was a time I woke up at 5 am to go to the gym. Guess how long that lasted? One week. That was too much work and I was just too tired at the gym.

Can you picture yourself getting up an hour early to write? Get out of bed, grab a cup of coffee, and then you’ll be awake enough to put your thoughts to paper or machine, whatever your preference is.

After you do this for about a week or two, your body will naturally want to wake up at that time.

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3. Fit Writing In Throughout The Day

There is no rule that says you need to do your writing all in one sitting. You can write here and there. Take 10 minute breaks and write down a few things. If you take two breaks in the morning and two in the evening, that can add up to a significant amount of productivity.

You would be surprised how much you can get done even in small frequencies. If you’re writing a novel, every word counts until you get to the end of the book. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you.

4. Cut Down On Your TV Watching

I’ll be the first person to admit I watch a ton of tv. I can’t get enough of it. Here’s the thing. I write while I’m watching a show. I’m good at multi-tasking so I’m able to do both.

If you can do both, go for it. If not, then you should cut out your least favorite show and write instead. You’ll be thankful later when you realize how much you’ve written.

5. Become More Active

Writing is an extremely sedentary job. We’re sitting for hours on end at our laptop. There are a couple of ways to combat this. You can exercise throughout the day to keep your energy levels up. This will keep your mind strong as well.

The other option is to do what my wife did for me and buy a standing desk. A standing desk is great because you can raise and lower it whenever you would like. That way you’re not sitting all day.

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Follow these tips to make the most of your day.

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