Full of Ideas, but lacking the time to write
One of my biggest challenges as a writer is finding the time to write. Ever since I started working full time, settled down into a relationship, and especially since the kids, it’s quite the challenge to find the time to write. I’m not one of those writers who suffer from writers block. No, in fact I’m possibly the opposite of that. My mind is constantly bombarded with multiple ideas, and the stories or articles start to flow in my mind and I have to either commit them to memory until I have time to put pen to paper or finger to computer. Or I have to grab my cell phone, open the notepad and start putting down my notes.
Recently I even had to make a schedule. I wrote a list of all the writing tasks I needed to get done, and I ticked each one off as soon as it was accomplished. I felt so relieved this past Friday when I was finally able to complete my article on cinnamon, which I had been trying to complete for the last two months. I was so excited when I first discovered all the various benefits cinnamon had, and I had gathered up all the research I found suitable to write my blog post, but just could never find the time to settle down and write it.
I’m starting to realize that if you intend to be successful at writing, and you plan on being committed, then you also have to accept that you have to sacrifice sleep, you have to manage your time wisely and you have to work fast. Don’t get me wrong on the sleep part however. By sacrificing sleep I mean be willing to stay up a little later some nights, or even get up a little earlier some mornings. If you’d usually go to bed in time to get nine hours of sleep, you may want to dedicate at least one night per week to getting only seven or six hours of sleep, allowing you that extra two to three hours to focus on your writing. Don’t overdo it and start depriving yourself of sleep on a daily basis in order to write, but make a worthwhile sacrifice.
Based on all the writers tips I’ve been reading lately, I do realize that there was always so much more that I could do as a writer to further promote myself as an author and my publications. However, I had fallen guilty to what many other freelance writers fall victim to. I got so caught up in the other aspects of my busy life, that the very thing that is my greatest passion is what got pushed on the sidelines.
So now I’ve made a promise and a commitment to myself, to make the time to write. I will utilize some of my lunch time whenever I can, stay up an extra hour or two at night whenever I am not too tired, and indeed I will be sure not to procrastinate, but to approach every task or project in a similar manner to when given assignments back in school. Teachers often gave multiple assignments with seemingly the most ridiculous of deadlines in which to complete them, but students always had to comply or face penalties. I will take my freelance writing on with the same level of importance and urgency. Never again will I sit on my ideas for months waiting to find the right time.