You work a day job, you come home, maybe you’ve got kids, a husband or wife, friends, a house to clean, a yard to keep, gotta keep up with the facebook, and by the end of the day you just wanna get wine drunk and watch some tv until you pass out.
Not a bad life, honestly.
Until it bites you.
That bug. The one that says “write.” Not a suggestion to write, but an order. You can’t live without it. It’s like breathing. And like being pulled over for speeding, by the time you see the cop, he’s already got you in his radar… You’re screwed.
Because there are only so many hours in a day. And there are some very important things to do with those hours like paying bills and spending time with loved ones and eating tacos.
So how do you find the time?
You’re not gonna like it.
The truth is no one REALLY wants to know how to be productive, because it means giving up some of life’s necessities like sleep or Breaking Bad.
1. No more TV.
You’ve gotta sacrifice “down time.” No more binge-watching on Netflix. It’s a time-suck. And you may say “but I’m watching to be inspired”. Did you JUST start watching TV? You’ve got a whole lifetime of entertainment to be inspired from. Pull from that.
Better yet, pull from your experiences. Don’t have enough experiences? It’s because you watch too much TV.
Maybe this is “quality time” with your significant other. But tell me one memorable night you had watching TV with your partner. Got any? No, because it’s too easy. No one remembers the easy times in life. Make your experiences more meaningful. I’d take one awesome day of kayaking or a concert or building a coffee table over 5 nights of Modern Family. It’ll grow you closer to your partner AND give you new experiences to write about.
2. No more sleep.
This next point is arguable, because I’m pretty sure sleep is proven over and over to be good for you. But I’ve been my most productive when I sleep the least. If you’re running out of hours in the day, the only other place that’s offering free hours is late at night or early in the morning.
Wake up two hours early. Write.
Stay up after everyone else goes to bed. Write.
It comes with the bonus of having no distractions.
I wrote the first draft of my script Creature Seekers with a newborn. He’d wake up around 3am, I’d get up, feed him, put him back down and start writing. I’d write until about 6am when he’d wake up again, and his mom would get up with him and I’d sleep for another hour or two. I did this for two months and had a finished draft at the end of it (bonus that his mom was happy she didn’t have to get up in the middle of the night).
This is the kind of crazy life you have to have in order to write. But I tell you what… when you’re typing away at 4am and you’re in the zone, inspired by the worlds you’re creating, it’s gonna increase all areas of your life. You’ll be more alive. More creative. Happier. You’ll be doing what you’re meant to do.
Obey the bug.
What about you guys? Am I wrong? What works best for you and your schedule? How do you get you’re writing done?