For the last several years, I’ve been working at least 30 hours per week (with very brief periods of low job hours). I’ve always found time to write and publish my books even when I’ve worked a full schedule. In some ways, I think working at a job makes it easier to write. I notice my productivity goes down when I’ve either been out of work or given just a few hours. Full-time work gives financial stability and this peace of mind is what puts me in a better mind frame to write.
So, how exactly have I managed to complete several stories and publish them while working full-time? Let me tell you how! 🙂
I limit watching TV. I’ve certainly binge watched shows on occasion. Watching a movie or TV show is a good way to relax and of course, you’re supporting the arts. It’s like homework for writing – if something really inspires you on screen, you can incorporate that into your own work. That being said, I don’t make TV watching a regular thing. If I did I wouldn’t be getting as much writing done. Sometimes you can’t do what everyone else is doing if you want to take your hobby to the next level.
I write most days. I don’t follow a set schedule, though I’ll usually write a bit before work or after work when I get home. I write most days. Sometimes, I need a break and I accept that. Everyone needs time away from their work, even if it’s their passion, so they don’t burn out.
I have my own apartment. Having my own place is the ultimate ticket to having peace of mind. Everyone has their own priorities for what they need in a living space. For me, I’d rather live in a micro suite and know I’ve got my own place than share a gorgeous house with multiple people. Especially as a writer who needs a certain level of peace in my space, I don’t function well when I have to share spaces with others. When I have had to live with other people for budget reasons, I go out to cafes more. In fact, writing in cafes has always been a productive venture for me even when I live on my own! The key is, my own home is no nice that I don’t normally feel the need to escape it. Moral of the story: If you’re having troubles getting inspired or creating in your space, do your best to make it how you want it. It will help a lot.
I limit clutter. This goes along with having your space be a certain way. I tend to write better when my room is free of clutter and it’s designed how I like it – minimalist. If I’m feeling stifled some days, I’ll open up my window and clean up my place. The new, fresh energy can make you feel lighter and it will entice you to be more productive.
I go on a lot of walks. Walking does wonders for the inspiration. All exercise is good, but I find walking with music really gets the creative juices flowing. Going on a nature trail is good for the mind and body. Try it! You might be inspired to write after being out in that fresh air.
Time management. This one probably sounds like a no-brainer, but it does take some time management to be able to balance a side hustle with your day job. I’ve always seen writing as my thing, so I automatically add it in to my daily routine. I’m single with no kids and my schedule is pretty free, so if you have more obligations than I do, you might want to schedule time in to write. Do what you need to in order to make it a priority if you want to finish that book!
I love creating books. You know what they say: If you want to know what someone loves, see what they’re spending their time/money on. I love writing and sharing my books with the world, so it’s naturally going to be a big part of what I do on my free time.
So, writers who work full-time, how do you balance finishing novels with your daily schedule? I’d love to hear your feedback! Xx