How often do we say, “I don’t have time to get dressed” or “I’m too busy to make my kids lunch” or “I’ll brush my teeth next year”? Hopefully never, but these are reasons many people use when it comes to writing. We don’t make time to get dressed. We just do it because it needs to be done. When our children are hungry, we feed them.
Time is a funny thing. Sometimes it drags on, making us feel like we are trapped in some sort of warp, and sometimes our day is sucked dry without a hint of the culprit. I often find myself saying, “I can’t believe how fast the year has gone,” and “You kids need to stop growing up so fast.” When I do this, I am turning Time into my enemy. We all do this, but is Time really so bad? We like vacation time, playtime, reading time, movie time, family time, quiet time, as well as others. So, time isn’t our enemy…it’s how we use our time that is the real issue.
Writing cannot be accomplished unless it is important to you. We brush our teeth because we want them in our old age, we don’t want bad breath when we converse with others, and because it keeps us healthy. It is important to us. There are two types of people. I will use marathons as an example. One person says, “I want a run a marathon someday.” The other persons gets up everyday and trains for it both mentally and physically. This can be applied to every aspect of our life. The things we want are either sought after or they turn into someday wishes.
Everyone is busy. Everyone has a life that can get in the way of important things. If writing isn’t important enough for you to make it a priority, just be warned that “someday” just may turn into regrets. There’s never a good time to get married, have children, finish school, but when those things mean something to you, you accomplish them. If you find yourself spending hours online or in front of the TV and still say you don’t have time…you’re missing out. We need to stop lying to ourselves. Time is a resource, and too often, we squander it.
We all have the same number of hours in a day. Not all hours are created equal because everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. Sometimes things are thrown into our life that make it difficult to write, however, when our writing isn’t a priority, something will always try to claim that space. There are single moms and dads who have full-time jobs and still find time to write. Even if you can only squeeze fifteen minutes out of your day, take it. Within a year, you could have a book.
Quit letting unimportant things stand in the way of your writing. There are many excuses that will come up, but only if you let them. “I’ll write when my kids are in school,” “I’ll write when I’m retired,” and “I’ll write when I can devote more time to it,” can be convincing, but it’s a lie. Cut out the unnecessary, sit down, and write.