Parkinson’s Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
I've experienced Parkinson's Law so many times in my life.
Give yourself 30 minutes, it will take the full 30 minutes.
Give yourself an hour, it will take the full hour.
Give yourself only 15 minutes, it will take 15 minutes.
Try it out sometime. Take your next project or task and give yourself LESS TIME. Nine times out ten, I bet you get it done in the shortened time period.
Eliminate all distractions and give all of your focus to the task at hand.
When it comes to my writing, I've found so many ways to squeeze in the extra time – even though I've got a ton of distractions to deal with and a full and productive life.
Here are my top eight ways to find the time to write.
- Write early before anyone is awake. Motivate yourself with a cup of hot tea with lemon or your favorite coffee, with the scene all waiting for you because you set it up the night before.
- Tell your loved ones that you need X amount of time to write and schedule it with them, getting help as needed. You'd be surprised how supportive the people in your life can be when you tell them honestly that something is important to you.
- Write late at night. Skip the TV and snuggle up with a cup of hot tea or a nice glass of Cabernet, and settle in and write, write, write.
- Find a quiet place and set a timer during your lunch break to write. Even just giving yourself 10 minutes can jumpstart or complete your next project.
- Write in your car. Seriously, I cannot tell you how many ideas, books and projects came to life while I was waiting in my car to pick up one of the kids from school. I started the concept for my yoga studio, wrote three books and recorded audio trainings all during pick ups, drop offs and waiting for a tennis lesson to complete or school to get out. It's one of my absolute favorite times to brainstorm and write!
- Go to your favorite coffeehouse, bookstore or library. I love the convenience of writing in my favorite coffeehouse. Something about the energy of people coming and going – I rarely even need my headphones because I find the background noise or silence in the library's case to be so soothing.
- Align with fellow writers to write. When I published my first book, Letters to Siena, I met with a writers group of six at a local bookstore once a month. It was exactly what I needed to stay motivated because we checked in with one another at each meeting. I loved hearing their struggles and wins because it made me realize that I was not alone.
- Commit to writing X amount of words at a time. Having a specific goal can be a huge motivator. If you're someone like me, you'll do better with a plan in place. That's why I created my online course: Write, Ship and Sell Your Book in 30 Days. Enrollment is now open! Click here to learn more about Write.Ship.Sell.
I hope this helps you create and commit to a writing schedule.
Remember, just keep writing....