Time — something we all wish we had more of. Until a magical machine invents more moments in the day, we’ll have to make do by making better use of the time we’ve got in life. Here are some possibilities:
Make A General List — How Would You Normally Like Your Day To Go?
If you’re someone who bounds out of bed practically wide-awake, mornings are the time to roar through e-mail, or get jobs done. If, on the other hand, your inspiration doesn’t kick in until evening, you’re better off waiting a while, instead. Do your reading and research in the morning, coffee in hand.
Now Make A Specific List
What do you need to accomplish today? Include both critical items, as well as those which can be put off for another day. Don’t be afraid to permanently table items that are no longer important.
Got A Difficult Or Large Deadline? Accomplish It In Chunks
Write a page a day…or if you’re converting your garden to raised beds, only shovel an hour a day. Doing it a small amount at a time not only makes your job easier and more consistent, but minimizes burnout.
Let The Other Stuff Go — For A While, At Least
If you’re working on something important, keep meals basic. (A little frozen pizza never hurt anyone.) Stay organized, only as needed. Do only the minimum household chores. When your critical job is done, then you can spend more time catching back up. (Or don’t be afraid to ask for help — or hire it for a few hours.)
The World Will Probably Not End, If You Need To Take More Time
Too often, we chain ourselves to a goal that demands we lose sleep to accomplish it. Is it that important? If so, then go ahead — lose sleep and put in the hours needed.
But if it really isn’t…then consider doing it more slowly.
Refuel Now And Then
Even a dedicated person runs out of strength and inspiration now and then. Don’t be afraid to take time to be lazy. Read other authors. (In fact, many novelists, from Stephen King to Dickens, credit voracious reading as an important part of the writing process.) These are an incredible source of inspiration…if you let them.