Dr. Matthews addresses a common problem – time management. In today’s post, she focused on authors making time in their schedules to complete their writing goals.
How many times have we said “I just don’t have the time”? Lack of time is not an excuse. Each of us has the same 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, and 52 weeks in a year. Not having time simply means that there is something else you have allowed to become more important.
Step back and take an honest look at where you spend your time. In reviewing your regular routine, what are your non-negotiables (the things you MUST do on a regular basis)? Prioritize those responsibilities. Hint: If you are a writer, writing should be one of your non-negotiables!
Many of us wear multiple hats, whether it is as parent, employer, employee, caregiver for elderly parents, community volunteer…the list goes on. You can balance those responsibilities and still meet your writing goals IF you determine that writing is worthy of your time.
Stop putting it off for later. Set a goal to make writing a 30-day priority. Monitor your progress on a weekly basis to make sure that you are reaching the smart goals that you have set. At the end of the 30 days, evaluate your progress. What did you accomplish? If nothing else, you would have developed a new habit – with writing as a priority in your life.
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