Last week, I wrote a blog post about making time to write even when you're very busy. That post has a lot of high-level advice about how to understand what your priorities are, and then to make time for those priorities. After thinking about it, however, I realized I wanted to do a second post with some more specific thoughts and ideas. Everyone responds to different types of insight and levels of advice differently.
A New Definition of Busy
I want to start by stating the obvious, which honestly I think we don't do enough. Often, we avoid saying things which we feel are already evident, assuming everyone else is on the same page. Unfortunately, more frequently than not, we aren't all on the same page, which leads to a lot of miscommunication.
My definition of busy is not your definition of busy.
This is important, because we tend to compare ourselves to others. There will always be people who are "busier", "more successful", "more driven", or just plain "better". But I promise you, all those people feel inferior to a whole OTHER set of individuals, because we just can't break the cycle of comparison.
I spent a lot of time in my last post talking about how busy I am - and all of that is true. But I don't mean to imply that if you aren't doing as many things as I am, you're not busy. Prioritizing mental health takes an incredible amount of time and energy, as does nurturing a family or caring for a friend. Our jobs take different tolls on us - my job sitting behind a desk, while mentally tiring, does not carry the physical toll that many who walk all day or undertake manual labor do. The list goes on and on.
So one more time for emphasis: don't compare yourself to me. If you feel busy - guess what, you probably are. It doesn't matter if you're doing one thing or a thousand things. Carving out time to write is equally difficult.
Practical Tips for Making the Time
How I Do It
So what do I do? Over the years I've spent writing, I've had a lot of time to figure out what works for me, and what doesn't. The biggest piece of advice I have is try a bunch of stuff. Some will work, some won't. What works for me probably won't work exactly the same for you. That's okay - it's about gathering tools to put in your belt, so you can make your priorities a reality.
Next week I'm going to share some book secrets, so get excited! And remember, if you ever need a friendly shoulder or a kick in the butt, I'm just a message away :)
Bridget is the author of Summer Twilight, available for purchase now!