One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone says they are too busy or they just don’t have the time. It especially irks me when I am asking for assistance on a project where they can criticize or even pretend like they care, but when it comes to needing help they are just too busy. I take that as an insult saying their time is too valuable to be wasted and mine means nothing. I always say you make time for what is important to you and when you are just too busy it’s merely a time management issue.
The same is true for writing, I have always said my biggest obstacle is finding the time to write. There are so many obligations an indie writer has outside of writing her story. She has to build an author platform, be active on social media, maintain a blog with consistent posts, the list goes on and on. Where on earth does she find time to write? It’s all so overwhelming, but I again attribute my lack of time to poor time management.
I put my theory to the test this week in attempt to approximate how much time I actually have a week that is vastly unaccounted for. Below is my calculation:
Total hours in a week: 168
Sleep: Approximately 56 hours
Work: 37.5 hours
Commute: 5 hours
Misc household responsibilities: 20 hours
Leaving a total of 49.5
That’s a lot of time! 49 hours unclaimed by necessities and I probably over estimated the time for household responsibilities (cooking, cleaning, playing with pets, getting ready in the morning, etc) since most those responsibilities are split between my husband and I. I will then say an average week I have between 40 and 55 hours to dedicate to my hobbies, with this calculation there is no reason I don’t have time to work out for an hour every other day or countless other things I convince myself I just don’t have the time to do. It’s all a matter of managing my time carefully and figuring out which things are important to me and make that time count. I plan on making a schedule to take full advantage of this new found time, so I won’t be trying to chase too many dreams at once and not accomplishing any of them.
So to answer my earlier question where does a writer find time to write, well if they work a schedule similar to mine and don’t have children, well there’s tons of time to write during a week. It truly is a matter of time management skills. So think twice the next time you start to say you don’t have time, perhaps you really do!