My New and Improved Writing Schedule!
Not only am I a writer, but I’m also a full time tech support representative. I work Monday through Thursday ten hours a day. Even on Friday, my day off, I am extremely busy meeting with my critique group, so trying to find time to write can be very daunting. I found myself making excuses. I’m too tired. I just sat at a computer for ten hours. Well, self, guess what? That’s what you have pen and paper for!
Now, I look at it this way. There are 24 hours in a day. 18 hours of that is spent working and sleeping. That leaves 6 hours open. Subtract a couple hours for normal household and familial duties and you still have 3 or 4 hours available. Don’t forget the weekend. There’s no work, so there’s even more extra time for your writing pleasure. I also have a DVR, so the “I’m going to miss my favorite show” excuse doesn’t hold much weight either. Gotta love technology, huh?
I don’t have to be to work until 9:30 am, so I have plenty of morning time to crank out some words. I’m single and have no kids, so that’s some extra time I have at my disposal. You can tailor your own schedule to fit your needs.
Here’s what I came up for myself:
6:00 AM-6:30 AM Wake up / shower / brush teeth
6:30 AM -7:00AM – Eat / Fuel up
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM – Write
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM – Leave for work
9:30 AM - 2:15 PM Work
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM – Lunch (Also writing)
2:45 PM - 8:00 PM – Work
8:00 PM -8:45 PM – Leave for home
8:45 PM - 9:45 PM – Internet/email catch up
9:45 PM -11:00 PM – Whatever I want to do :-)
11:00 PM - 6:00 AM – Sleep
See how easy it can be? This is a new regimen for me, so I’m still experimenting. But that’s what’s cool with experiments. You can make adjustments to maximize your results. So we really have no excuses, right?