Pretty much no one has time to write a book nowadays. And that stops most people, but not everyone.
How about you?
Are you neglecting your book writing?
Or getting a little bit done here and there but wishing you could do more? Here are 7 tips to find time to write—strategies that work well for me and my clients::
- Go to bed an hour early; get up an hour early. That’s right. No need to skimp on sleep. In fact, the early sleep will be even better for you!
- Limit phone calls to 5 minutes—let the person know at the beginning of the call. You can even set a timer.
- Make the book your first thing. When you work on your book for an hour first thing in the morning, you will naturally find ways to decrease other activities that are less productive.
- Reward yourself: hold off on dinner out, a walk in the park or a video game until you’ve done your writing. The extra incentive can help you get it done. As in #3, when you put your book first, less important activities will naturally decrease in time.
- Order healthy take out once or twice a week or prepare large amounts and eat leftovers.
- Replace yourself on a volunteer board. Volunteering is a wonderful thing, but you may need a break while writing your book. One of my clients used this strategy and it worked like magic—she suddenly found time to write every week.
- Use the book writing as an excuse to eliminate an activity that drains you. Some of my clients have told an exhausting friend they would not have much time for socializing during this period of book writing, others have dropped a project that felt like a “should” and not a passion and several of my therapist clients have fired a difficult client who isn’t willing to do the work to heal (ah, what a relief!).