When I meet new people and they find out I’m a writer, often times I hear them say, “I would write a book, too, if only I had the time.”
Have you ever heard this? Or said it to a writer?
Is this true? Does this mean that writers actually have more time than non-writers? Maybe that’s how writers get those books written, year after year.
Not. Writers also have family and pets and friendships that need nurturing, hobbies and interests and day jobs and countless obligations. How do writers find time to write?
Finding time means losing something else.
I like to prioritize my tasks and assign them to 3 main categories:
- Eat, sleep, nurture the family (i.e., physical, biological and emotional needs that do not include housework)
- Read (even if it’s only to the children)
- Tell kids to clean mold from refrigerator
- Send hubby to grocery with list
- Pay bills on time
- Volunteer in my child’s classroom
- Shop for new shoes
- Happy hour with BFF
- Take quizzes on FB
- Build debt at the movies
- Join a dinner club
- Sign up for a ballet class
Certain points in list #3 might qualify as an emotional need in list #1. Everyone arranges their lists differently, what goes into them and when and how often they are done. But for a writer, here are some main take-away points:
- Writing always goes in the got-to-do list.
- Books are written one page at a time.
- Prioritizing tasks keeps the want-to-do list in line.
- Delegate as many tasks as possible.
As long as writing is a priority, then writers will likely lose some of those items from their want-to-do list. Who needs an extra pair of shoes, anyway?