Ah, sorry folks, this week got away from me. We went out on Sunday with some friends to a local brewery in Chapel Hill/Carborro (the excellent Steel String), and had a bit too much fun. Monday was all about hangover triage and I've been playing catch-up ever since. Don't you hate that? I'm not even a drinker, but man, when I do, I pay. Hard.
What especially bugs me is that I had an idea for a blog post and I had been writing it in my head all week in anticipation of Sunday, only to get off-track. Rather than speed write that post, I thought it would be better to save it for this coming Sunday, and in the meantime leave you writers with a time-hack.
Time is by far the most precious commodity in my life. It's one of the main reasons I'm leaving my job and expanding my editing business. I'm really excited to use those 2.5 hours a day I normally spend commuting to write instead.
But since I'm not planning on making the big career change until early summer, I'm still looking for better ways to hack my time. (For more time hacks, check out my earlier posts on canceling my gym membership and a quick weekday noodle soup that is a standard meal in my household.)
Today's time hack is all about writing. Establishing a daily writing habit is so key, but what happens when life interrupts and nibbles away at your precious hour? That's what happened to me this morning. I sat down to write, only to discover my dog had been sick overnight. So instead of writing, I cleaned up the mess and made her some rice to help settle her stomach. By the time that was finished, most of my writing hour was over and I needed to get ready for work.
So what do I do when I lose my writing hour? I find a quiet moment during the work day, you know, those odd little fifteen or thirty minutes between meetings or experiments, and I write myself an email. And in that email I write whatever it was I was going to write that morning. Or sometimes, I'll write a small scene for a later chapter of my work-in-progress (WIP).
Then I send myself the email and the writing is automatically saved in my gmail account, ready to be cut and pasted back into the WIP whenever I can get back to my normal pre-dawn writing routine. It's a nice break to the workday (take your breaks, they make you more productive overall), and it keeps my writing streak intact. It doesn't have to be linear, it doesn't have to be a work of art, but it's still good practice and a good use of your lunch break or downtime during the work day. And no, I don't feel guilty for doing this. I think it keeps me sane and happy.
Do you have a writing time-hack? Care to share?
Writing Streak: 3 days
My Books on Amazon:
Waking Lions by Avelet Gundar-Goshen
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro