Sometimes finding time to write can be difficult with everything else going on around you at home. There are endless distractions that compete for our attention and unfortunately they usually win.
We assume that things such as folding laundry and sweeping the kitchen are more important than our writing.
What we need to do is claim more time for our writing. Here’s how:
Skip a TV show
If you skip just one sixty minute show each evening, that’s sixty full minutes you could to be writing. If you don’t watch much TV as it is, skip a thirty minute show and write. When other people are watching shows that you aren’t interested in, don’t feel obligated to sit and watch too. It won’t be productive for you.
Carve out weekend hours
You don’t have to wake up super-early to be able to fit in writing time on the weekends. If it’s not a busy weekend there is no reason you can’t work during the day or evening for a while. Just decide on your hours and let your family know. If your children are older, chances are they are busy with their own stuff anyway. Working just two hours each day on the weekends adds up to four hours of writing time!
Write during homework time
While the kids are doing homework is the perfect time for you to sit down and write too. You’ll still be there to help them when they need it and make some progress on your own work. While you attempt to motivate your children to do their work, you can motivate yourself as well as being an example.
Ask for help
If you are finding it hard to make time to write because of all the things you need to do around the house, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have other people cook dinner a couple of times a week and during that time you can squeeze in some writing. When you work from home it’s just assumed that you can do everything without any trouble. Let other people know that. Or show them by working and having them realize that you do more than take care of the house and writing is hard work. You working from home is not meant to be a convenience for others.
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you are chained to your desk. Pack up your laptop and notebooks once a week and head out to the library or someplace else that you can accomplish your writing. Maybe you’d like to join a critique group or just meet with a group of other writers for the company and just write together.
Though it can take time to get the hang of writing from home, over time you will grow more confident and know what you need to do in order to accomplish your goals.