This is so important!
I struggled to find time for the things that are most important for me too (I thought it was impossible for me to stick to the daily writing schedule) when I finally realized that I have to make time, not find it. So, I completely reordered my daily work schedule so that it reflects my true priorities.
- I write every day for at least 3 hours 365 days per year (weekends, holidays, vacation)
- The time in which I write is sacred
- I have one playlist playing while I’m writing — no hopping
- I don’t meet before 1:00 pm
- I don’t make phone calls before 1:00 pm
- I spend a maximum of 10 min on Twitter daily, in which I mostly share other people’s articles and connect with them
- I never check email before 12:30 pm
- I never check my social media accounts while I’m writing
- I do things in chunks (email, phone, social media, meetings, payments, purchases)
- I check my email only twice daily (at 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm)
- I constantly look for activities that I can eliminate or delegate
- I avoid meetings (keep my meetings as short as possible)
- I have my iPod Touch and charger with me at all times (for note taking, I write ideas down the moment they pop up in my head)
- I don’t engage in discussions about hypothetical scenarios (I discuss factual or almost certain events)
- I don’t waste my time on lengthy discussions with haters or trolls
- I drink water (a lot of it)
- I take regular breaks (I use pomodoro technique)
- I listen to audiobooks during my pomodoro breaks
- I sit in a comfortable position (preferably with my back straight)
- I review my daily schedule once every two weeks and look for things that I can eliminate or improve.
Apart from being a blogger and writer I am also part time freelance consultant for things like communication, disputes, negotiations and some legal issues so the change was totally doable for me, I only needed to take a closer look at what my day looked like, what did it tell me about my life and what my true priorities were.
I know that such a radical change might not be possible for some of you but I bet at least some changes can be made to free up some time even if you work full time.