Nanowrimo is just a week away and it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of what we’re going to do in November. Which is write (just so we are on the same page).
I know as well as the next person that finding extra hours in the day can be a troubling task, downright impossible at times. So what we need to do is prioritizing.
However, there are a few things we can’t prioritize away.
- Kids/Pets responsibilities
So, lets do a little bit of math (I know, but stay with me). I’ll use my own life as an example.
- I work between 4-6 hours/day. Plus 30 minutes to and from work.
- I sleep for 7 hours/night.
- I don’t have kids but I do have a dog who I walk for about 2 hours/day.
- I usually don’t spend much time making extravagant meals so say 30 minutes/day.
Lets add these numbers up.
This means I have 8 hours of free time when I can do whatever I want. Some of that time will probably go to playing with my dog, various boring household chores, and things as trivial as personal hygien and updating my bullet journal. But even so I’ll have at least 4 hours left to spend writing.
I know I’m in a very privileged situation. Most people work for 8 hours and have kids and a family on top of that and will consequently have significantly less time over. I just wanted to show how you can calculate your time and find those extra hours each day.
It might also be an idea to schedule your day if you don’t already do that. Say hello to those vertical schedules everyone had to deal with at school and fill in your days tasks and responsibilities. This way you can easily locate when you have a free hour. Maybe your only free bit of time is on your lunch break or when your kids having a nap or maybe you’re lucky and have an entire free afternoon every Thursday.
I’m not saying it will be easy. But it will be easier of you have scheduled time to write. Even if all you can manage is half an hour before bed that’s way better than giving up on your dream.