Gotta say I'm knackered, and there are some days when I've not had much sleep, I wonder if I've taken on too much! Especially when I get home from doing an 8hour shift and think, I've done my work for the day, but I should still probably write this, or promote that, ect!
A normal day for me usually starts around 5am! This is not out of choice, my current job starts early, so I'm up at that time to get ready and travel in. I do my allotted 8hours and stumble home. When I get in I get myself relieved of work clothes and cleaned up, grab some food and by this time it's about 5-5:30ish, so the laptop comes out. I either do a bit of writing, though this is usually something that gets left until a day off when my brain's less exhausted and clearer. Or I write a post for the blog, format it, find a pic that links into the context of the theme, add it onto all my media channels and then do a bit of promoting. Once that's done, I watch a bit of T.V. to chill out before I head to bed at 9! That's right 9! My night time schedule is very much the same as an old lady in her 80's! But needs must!
So why do I do this? Why do I feel the need to adding more work onto the end of an already long work day? I'd say it was probably just for the love of writing. Getting your words out there feels like you're being heard, or you're telling a story you want others to know, is the main reason for it. Plus though my current job is the thing that gives me money, it's in no way what I want to do forever, so the writing helps give my life drive.
Is writing something I'd love to do full time, of course! And do I feel I don't write enough at the moment due to other obligations and work, definitely. But unless I go without sleep, the little segments of writing I do produce each week will have to be enough for now.
Unfortunately I don't really have a hard and fast schedule that I follow, well I do, but being the flaky person I am I rarely follow it, that said it doesn't mean you guys won't benefit from it, hey it may work for you more then it ever worked for me, or at least you may find it as contradictorily humorous as I do.
- Use spare time in your day to write, from odd moments on public transport during your commute, to breaks and your lunchtime at work. Whole chapters or blog posts can be created in this other wise dead time.
- Don't forget to utilise the use of the great writing app's out there, which house features like letting you switch between writing on your mobile and laptop, some come with inbuilt grammar and spell check features, some let you add pictures and memo's into your writing, others have large storage space, and some help spilt your work into chapters if you so wish, ect.
- Fitting in even a small amount of time to write each day is good. Finding a quiet space and writing from half an hour to a hour can make a real difference, and add up. Also it helps keep the inspirational juices flowing and strengthens your writing muscles.
- Getting some work done through out the week helps free up your weekends more, so you don't feel like you're spending all your free time working too.
- Set yourself realistic goals and deadlines, work towards them, then re-plan and organise to keep on top of your schedule and this also helps you stop procrastinating.
- Spend my train/bus ride listening to music, and watching YouTube videos, then notice 5minutes before I need to get off that I should probably write something, so I quickly reel off a paragraph, before heading to work!
- I don't have any extra room on my phone for another app, so spend my time filling up my mobile note section with ideas, and blog posts. Sometimes I can have just one post or chapter spread over 5 plus notes, so I spend far to long trying to piece which note comes first instead of numbering or organising them in someway. Then when it comes to transferring my ideas across into a word file, I end up sat with my laptop open and my phone propped against is as I type!
- Sit in front of the T.V. in the main family lounge listening to everyone's gossip from the day while semi watching a comedy repeat and trying to jot down the odd bit of writing. A couple of hours passes, I save the tiny sentence I've types and then concentrate fully on the T.V!
- Come home so tired from my day job that I barely get anything done, then spend Friday night, and parts of Sat and Sun trying to catch-up when I should be chilling out!
- Sets crazy goals, the closer they get sees them as too daunting, realises won't meet the set deadlines, drag my feet when it comes to buckling down, still gets the stuff done but usually way after the time I set!
So there you have it, definitely a lesson in do what I say and not what I do. I have a very haphazard way of working, and though it's not the most productive at all, it works for me in the most part and I don't think there's any chance of me changing. But that's not to say my more ideal ideas of writing won't work for you just because they didn't work for me. I think it's about finding your rhythm and flow and just getting those ideas on the page whenever and however you can. There's is no perfect formula.
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