Relax. I’m not going to tell you to put down your phone. But I will say that time is one of the few things we really have. At our best, writers are decisive, clear, focused and at our worst we aren’t even close and this comes at our own peril. Some days when we write, time might feel like this picture, and not in a good way.
I recently scheduled every single moment of my life for several weeks and executed accordingly. I have mixed feelings about this as a long-term practice. But what I observed was that I spent way too much time reacting to “urgent” impromptu things and, hello, everything takes time. It eats it. Also, since I work on several projects of varying complexities, each in different stages – there’s the time “cost” of preparing to do something, doing it, following up, and preparing the next step. There’s also the task of balancing and focusing my time so the tsunami of the shoulds and shiny things can’t splinter what I need to do.
So my challenge to you on this theme of make the time isn’t about making more time. Having more time wasn’t helpful until I knew that what I was doing at that moment was exactly what I needed to be doing. What can you do to increase the quality of your writing time? How can you give your writing the gift of unencumbered focus?