5 Ways to Make Time for Writing

War and Peace wasn't written in a day. In fact, it took Tolstoy six years to write the novel. I'm not sure if anyone knows how many hours he dedicated to writing each day, but I assure you, he prioritized his writing time.

If you have a busy life and have been thinking of writing a book, you're going to need to do the same thing as Tolstoy. It'll be easiest if you embrace this concept: in order to create something of value, you're going to have to give something up. There's no way around that.

So, here are five ideas to try out:

1. Shorten Your Workouts

Whether it's going to the gym or a yoga class, you can shorten your workout routine or reduce the number of days you go each week.

Time saved: 1-2 hours/week

2. Consolidate Your Errands

Keep a master list of everything you need to buy and get done, and then choose a three-hour window on Saturday to complete it. Don't window-shop or dilly-dally; go in, get what you need, and go home. Another idea is to consider using a grocery-delivery service.

Time saved: 1-2 hours/week

3. Hire a Housecleaner

There are several online services that make hiring a housecleaner a breeze. Yes, I know this one costs money, but it doesn't cost much and if you don't have extra cash, create it in your budget by reducing expenses somewhere else.

Time saved: 1-2 hours/week

4. Stop Binge-Watching TV Shows

You can't write while you are watching TV. Put your favorite shows on hold. You can binge-watch them when your book is done.

Time saved: 2-3 hours/week

5. Ask Your Partner or Family for Help

Let your partner or family member know you'd like to write and ask if they can handle some of the items on your to-do list. Let them know you'll return the favor(s) when your book is done.

Time saved: 1 hour/week

Pro Tip: 5 Things You Should Never Give Up

Sure, you want to get that book written, but not at the expense of the following:

  1. Connection time with your partner

  2. Friends and family

  3. Eating right

  4. Sleep

  5. Work

Writing a book is a marathon endeavor. You are going to need stamina and support to get it done. Now get to it. 😀