You may have read my previous blog entry on how I manage my time. That was when hubby-to-be and I were still living at home with his parents. Now, we’re in our very own home with a lot more responsibilities and tasks to be dealt with. This has taken some getting used to, but we’ve found a new routine and I’m finding a lot more time now to work on my projects.
Undoubtedly, everyone is different and everyone will manage their time in different ways. What works for one person may not work for another. I’d love to compile a huge list of time-management tips to suit all sorts of writers whatever their circumstances. With this in mind, please share your own time management tips in the comments section and I’ll update the blog entry with them!
- Get up early before work or before the kids are up, or stay up late to write.
- Carry a notebook with you in which to jot down notes/ideas/to-do lists as you think of them.
- Use a voice-recording device to record ideas whilst you drive/make dinner/are in the bath.
- Skip TV soaps when they air and instead catch up on them on a laptop whilst you are getting dressed/eating breakfast/eating lunch/eating dinner.
- Get a smart phone and acquire apps to help you keep up-to-date on the go. I often check emails, twitter, facebook and read blog entries on my phone whilst on the journey to work (not if you’re driving!) and whenever I find a few moments, such as whilst eating breakfast or during tea breaks.
- Use a servive like Dropbox to manage your documents over various computers (and access them on your smart phone). Saves a lot of time backing up or loading files onto a portable device (though this should be done regularly every few weeks for safety!)
- If you struggle to keep on top of blog-writing, why not compile a list of possible blog entry topics and, when you’re feeling in the mood, bash out several and save them as drafts. That way you’ll always have starting points, or ready-made blog entries, to post when you are short of time.
- Instead of trying to write for a long period of time, try writing in ten or fifteen minute chunks whenever you can, such as in between household chores or running errands. It may not feel like much but it’ll all add up. Household chores may seem like a bore but they can actually prove to be good “thinking time”.
- Compromise with your partner on household chores. I’m lucky that my fiancé will happily go off and do the weekly shop without me. This has given me some valuable extra time in recent weeks! I prefer to do chores that allow me to think, such as cleaning.
Of course, not all tips will work for everyone. We’re all different and we are all in different circumstances, therefore we’ll all have our own ways of finding time to write.
How do you best manage your time?