HOW DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO WRITE IN YOUR BUSY DAY?
For as long as I can remember I have been in a race with time. Starting with high school activities, on to college and part-time work, and finally a full-time job and family. I used a pocket calendar to schedule my time until I discovered the helpful features of a Day-Timer. Later, I moved on to an electronic calendar. Those scheduling tools helped keep me on track through the busiest years of my life.
When I left the workforce, I gave up keeping track of every minute of my day. I had plenty of extra time so why would I need a schedule? If I didn't get around to doing something I had planned to do, no problem. I'd just do it tomorrow.
I blinked and suddenly another year had passed. For decades I had been too busy with life to write. I'd finally found the time and let the opportunity slip from my grasp. All those stories I had planned to write when I had the time were still unwritten. If I were allowed a do-over, I would write something every day.
But all is not lost. What is it they say? The best time to plant an Oak tree was twenty years ago; the second best time is today.
The past few months I've developed a routine. I get up, grab a cup of coffee and settle down to write for at least an hour every morning. Sometimes that hour turns into two or three. Occasionally I'll miss a day, but not very often. It takes most people about 21 days to form a new habit. Now that mine is established, my day doesn't feel right unless I write something.
For me, the secret was not trying to find the time to write--it was taking or making the time to write. Even if it is only a paragraph; even if it is only a sentence; I am planting my "Oak trees" and sentence-by-sentence, day-by-day, I watch them grow.