I hope you’re all well – I have Covid, and it’s very unpleasant. 0/10 would not recommend. Because I have a lot of time on my hands due to quarantine, I decided to write a blog post.
My topic today is scheduling time to write. I am the type of person who is not only very disorganized but has very little free time. Because I’m fairly scatter-brained naturally, I have to organize myself really strictly. Thus comes into play my three (3!!!) different calendars to keep me organized. I have a week/day calendar to schedule daily tasks, a planner for deadlines and important dates, and a smartphone calendar to beep at me and remind me about appointments. Believe it or not, I STILL miss appointments sometimes.
Why do I bring this up? Because without a strict schedule, I would never have time to write. I would always put writing on the back burner and say that I don’t have time. I schedule myself time to write so that I don’t have that excuse. It doesn’t always work, just as a warning for people who have similar issues with disorganization. But it does help! I have done more writing since I started scheduling it than before I did that.
Right now, I don’t write everyday. I have myself scheduled in for twice a week right now for a total of maybe three hours a week. But it’s something! I’m working on it. Trying to schedule creative writing around academic writing is hard. One of these days I will write a post about the differences between academic and creative writing, since I do both.
Yes, I know. Scheduling is boring. But if you’re having trouble “finding time” to write, then sometimes you literally have to schedule it into your calendar. I hope this helps some people with their writing habits!
Best wishes to you all!