As a writer, I have always struggled with finding time to write. I was hoping that starting a blog would make me be better about it. Except that, well last year, I still had numerous last-minute writing sessions and frantic posting moments. I tried to plot out a schedule, but I could never stick to it.
At the beginning of this year, I decided to make one of my goals be to “create a sustainable writing schedule that includes at-home writing time.” Up to that point all my writing was happening either before work or during my lunch hour.
I figured to find a schedule I was going to have to do a lot of experimentation. I would need to discover what worked and what didn’t work. So, on January 11th, I decided to start with taking it back to basics.
I made the following schedule:
Saturday/Sunday: Write one day; off one day
That’s it. That is the schedule. I thought that a basic, less confining schedule would help me focus, but still give me freedom. So, I got busy writing and editing on my assigned days. After two weeks, I was surprised I was not only sticking to the schedule, but I had a number of posts lined up.
The ideas seemed to flow. Even on days when I was supposed to edit, sometimes a new writing idea would strike me. But instead of deviating from my schedule I would jot it down on a sticky note and put it in my journal on the next blank page. Then the next day when I opened my journal to write, I had an idea and prompt already waiting for me. I’ve also been able to write on weekends, which is something new and exciting.
I’ve been at this schedule for about two months, and honestly, I’m shocked that it’s going so well. I’ll admit I still get distracted and some days I don’t edit or write as much as I would like to. But it’s a good base for right now. It gives me a focus without being too complex or overly burdensome.
My weekend writing has not been as fruitful as I would like, but since this basic outline seems to be working I can now focus more on how to make my weekend writing more productive. It’s still a win that I am picking up a pen at home in the first place.
I’ve got my fingers crossed that this continues, because it feels really good to have hit upon a regular schedule. It has gotten me writing at home and put ahead on my blog posts. I hope in the future to tweak it so all the various writing project I want to work on get the attention they deserve, but that will be a slower process. And right now, I’m okay with that!