Most writers don’t have the luxury of sitting at home in their pajamas and writing all day. Whether it’s a 60 hour a week job, multiple jobs, or family obligations that keep you busy, it’s important to find time for your own passions.
I always keep a notebook or scrap paper with me for when I have a chance to steal some time to write. I may also keep a MS nearby and use a few minutes to review/revise/edit. Here are seven ways I steal time for my craft:
1. Traffic Delays – When I’m stopped at a particularly long red light, waiting on construction zones, or caught in a traffic jam due to an accident.
2. Waiting Rooms – Sitting outside a dentist, other doctor, beauty salon, car repair, etc.
3. Chauffeur – waiting to pick up/drop off kids or other family members, or waiting for them while they are in an activity, or other commitment.
4. Work Breaks – Lunch time, and some offices offer smoke breaks, I use this time for my craft.
5. Transportation – Waiting on a car, flight, train, bus, etc.
6. Quiet Time – when your kids, family, friends are still sleeping (night or morning), napping, reading, or completing homework.
7. Quality Time – Sometimes it’s hard to justify giving up quality time with friends or family. I’ll often sit on the couch by my husband or kids for the nearness/quality time feeling, but I may be writing or editing what is in my lap while they are watching something I’m not interested in seeing.
How do you steal time to write?