Intellectually, we all know that in order to create time to write, we need to actually create time to write.
It sounds simple and yet is so difficult.
We often let our day/email/others/schedule guide us instead of us choosing what we are going to create with our day.
If you are tired of feeling scattered when it comes to your writing, follow these steps and start to experiment with actually creating a time to write that works for you.
- Get clear on what you want your calendar to look like. There are a surprising number of options here and our brains can end up getting caught up in questions like: should I use a paper or digital, a calendar that others can see of that’s just for me, one week or a year, personal or professional? If your brain is doing this, just watch all the questions that come up and write them down. Then remember, it’s more important that you decide to start using a calendar, any calendar, than it is that the calendar you choose be perfect right now. You can always change it if it’s not working for you.
2. Create blocks of time in your calendar for your writing for the next 7 days. Write down what you want for your writing time; answer the questions:
- What does my writing time look, sound, feel like?
- How can you choose a time that supports what you want?
- How can you make it easy for yourself?
In the beginning, it matters more that you choose a time to write than it matters when you write. Let me say that again, it matters more that you decide on a time to write than when you choose to write. It can be supportive to choose a similar time each day. But again, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
- Without judgement, watch your brain as you move through the week. Are you showing up for your writing time with ease? Is your brain coming up with all sorts of reasons NOT to write? What do these reasons look like? What is happening for you? Do you book 2 hours, avoid writing for one hour and 55 minutes and write for the last 5 minutes? Get specific. Write it down.
Congratulations! You are now in the process of creating a time to write for yourself! Even if you didn’t show up at all you are way ahead of where you were before.
“One cannot step into the same river twice” said Heraclitus.
- Now, keep the same writing time block, and repeat steps 1-3 each week and make tweaks as you go along to create more of what you want for your writing time. Stay out of overwhelm by only picking 1 or 2 tweaks each week.
Please know that I have a deep understanding that this is much easier said/read and intellectually understood than putting it into practise and creating sustainable change. As my coach says, real transformation requires and can be accelerated by the container of support.
If you are ready to commit to moving from dread to delight in your relationship with writing, please email me to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation Discovery Call at firstname.lastname@example.org where we will take a look at what’s happening for you and see if the work that I do is a good fit for you or not.