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How To Create More Time For Your Writing (And Whatever Else You Want To Do)

You know how sometimes time feels like it goes SO SLOWLY?! Like when you’re at your day job and hating life and all you can think about is getting home and finally having free time to work on your writing. Or when a really, really bad song comes on the radio, but you can’t change the station because someone else in the car with you wants to listen to it.

In moments like this, time feels like it’s moving at the speed of a snail.

And then other times you’re on vacation or at a concert or just doing something you really enjoy, and time feels like it speeds up. A two-hour event feels like fifteen minutes and you’re disappointed it can’t go on longer.

But how can this be? How can time speed up or slow down based on what you’re doing and how you feel about it?

Because time is an illusion.

Time is a manifested reality based on your thoughts, perspective and emotions in any given situation. If you’re bored, time drags on. If you’re having fun, it feels like two seconds. It’s all an illusion you’re creating for yourself.

I discovered that I could bend time just by deciding I was going to. I’d set the intention, for example, I’d be running late for something and only had 15 minutes left but way too much still to do. So I’d say, I’m gonna bend time for the next 15 minutes, and then I’d go about doing what I needed to do. And somehow I’d be able to get whatever it was done in that 15-minute period and I’d be out the door on time.

It was like I actually bent time.

Because I changed my experience of it. I decided that I was going to get everything done that needed to be done in that amount of time and that was that. I didn’t allow for any other possibility to be present.

Reality is simply a perception. And that means you can control it by what think and decide to believe is possible.

So if you find that you just can’t ever make the time you want for your writing and other creative projects, here are some ways that you can start to manipulate time and get it to work for you:

1. Set the Intention

Intentions are powerful, especially when you say them out loud. So set the intention that you’re going to bend time for the next however long you have available to you. Then sit down and get to writing.

Doing this can turn fifteen minutes of time into getting what feels like 30 minutes or more of actual writing done.

2. Use the Magic Phrase

The magic phrase is: I bend the fuck out of time (or I suppose you can say it without the f-bomb if you want, but it won’t be as powerful 😉 )

I write that statement in my journal almost every day. It’s a new belief I’m creating for myself. And I know that anytime I’ve used it, I somehow manage to squeeze a ton of stuff into a tight amount of time.

3. Figure Out What Matters

Before you can really start to bend time, you need to know what you actually care about and want to achieve or get done each day.

For me, that’s my daily mindset practice, blog post, working on my fiction writing and on my nonfiction books. Everything else is secondary to this.

What matters to you? What do you want to be getting done each day?

4. Do It First Things First

After you’ve figured out what really matters to you, start doing that stuff first things first, before you do anything else.

For me, doing my soul work first thing in my day, before I spend my energy on anything else allows me to bend time. After the soul work is finished for the day, everything else I get done is a bonus.

And I always get to the end of my day feeling fulfilled and like I got a shitload of stuff done and was super productive.

5. Keep Reminding Yourself that Time Is An Illusion

Reality is bendable. It’s all based on what you believe. So create the belief that time is an illusion and it will be.

Once you believe that time is in your hands, you can make amazing use of the time you have available each day.

I’m a purpose-driven, multi-passionate writer and creator who loves to write and create and make things and bring them into the world. So I need a lot of time in my day to get done all the things I want to get done. (And I do A LOT in a day most days.)

If you’re multi-passionate and want to make more time for YOUR writing and other creative projects, this is your roadmap for making it happen.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

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17 Ways to Find 10 Minutes to Write


By Jennifer Blanchard

One of the most common excuses many writers give for why they procrastinate is “I don’t have the time to write.”

True, people are busier these days then they ever have been before–we’re multi-tasking machines, filling every second of our days with a task of some kind, always so busy….blah, blah, blah.

If you stop for a second and take a look at your day, I bet you can find at least 10 minutes somewhere that you can write (and you could probably even find a few 10-minute blocks of time).

You don’t have to be writing all day every day in order to get your writing done. You’d be surprised how efficient you can be when you only have ten minutes to write (especially if writing is something you truly love to do).

Inspired by the blog post, 10 Ways to Find 10 Minutes to Write, on DailyWritingTips.com, I am going to give you 17 ways you can find at least 10 minutes to write everyday. So here they are…17 ways to find 10 minutes to write every day:

  • Before you get out of bed in the morning–when you wake up, roll over, turn on your light, grab your notebook and write for 10 minutes (this is an exercise called “Morning Pages“).
  • While you’re waiting for your girlfriend/husband/kids to get out of the shower so you can get in.
  • While you’re waiting for the coffee to finish brewing
  • While you’re waiting for your kid’s school bus to come.
  • While you’re sitting in traffic–I don’t condone you write while you’re driving, but if you are sitting in traffic that is completely stopped (which happens a lot when there’s an accident), it’s ok to grab a notebook and jot a couple ideas down. (Just be sure to watch the road for when the cars start moving again.)
  • As soon as you get to your desk–when you get to the office, instead of spending a half hour checking your e-mails, take a quick glance to see if there are any e-mails that need immediate response, then grab a notebook or bring up a Word document and spend 10 minutes writing. You can always go back to the less-important e-mails later.
  • During your morning coffee/smoke break–bring your notebook with you and write.
  • During a meeting–yes, we all know that most meetings are a waste of time, so if you find yourself in one of these meetings, jot down some notes for your next story or poem.
  • On your lunch break–if you’re not using your lunch break to run errands, grab your laptop or notebook and head outside or to your company’s breakroom (or stay at your desk) and write while you eat (you may even get more than 10 minutes of writing time at lunch).
  • During your afternoon coffee/smoke break.
  • As soon as you walk in the door from work–yes, dinner needs to be made and there is homework to be done and a Girl Scout’s meeting and spending twenty minutes on the treadmill before bed. But before you do all that, take 10 minutes and write. Just getting down on paper those poem ideas or that great opening line to your next short story you came up with in your morning meeting will help you put your focus on the rest of your evening, while also keeping your writing on the back of your mind.
  • While dinner is cooking–unless you’re a beginner, you’ve probably mastered the art of making dinner. That also means you’ve got at least 10 minutes of time–while the rice is cooking, while the burgers are grilling–to write.
  • After dinner before you settle in to watch your favorite TV shows.
  • During the commercial breaks of your TV shows.
  • Before you go to bed–just quickly before you go to sleep, write for 10 minutes.
  • In place of watching a TV show you’ve already seen–you know what I’m talking about because we all do it: watching reruns of a show you like because there’s nothing better on. Instead, write for 10 minutes (or longer!).
  • After you put your kids to bed–once the little ones go to sleep, write!

So as you can see, there are plenty of ways to find 10 minutes in your day to write. No excuses, put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and write for 10 minutes today.