5 Useful Ways to Protect Your Creative Time

This is a guest post be the lovely Aditi Wardhan Singh

 

We don’t value things till they are too little or gone. It’s human nature. And one of the most undervalued and taken for granted commodities is time.

As people, it is very easy to understand that we need to spend our money on need and not wants.

What is a hard idea to grasp is we need to be more proactive on spending our energy on what is essential to our creativity and parenting. Not on needless activities that take up space in our lives.

As a mom and writer we are constantly overwhelmed with the guilt that comes with constantly choosing doing one over the other. We are constantly juggling kids, family and home.

As a writer, it is so important that I get my write ups done, my submissions edited, marketed etc. As a mother it is important that I take care of my kids, send them to school, get them to do their homework , take them out.

It is thus paramount that we assess every single minute in the meager 24 hours in each day and use it to our biggest advantage.

One of the most undervalued and taken for granted commodities is time. Click To Tweet

My Story

When I started my writing journey, I totally underestimated the amount of work that goes into blogging full time and then starting my own publication. I constantly felt overwhelmed. I discovered ways to better balance all the aspects of my life.

But slowly and surely, I realized that there are many things that take away from us. It is important to keep your eye on the ball and do some, if not all of the below.

  1. Time Yourself

One of most important pieces of advice I received from my husband was to write down time I spent on every activity I did. Writing, social media, courses etc. Doing that helped me commit my time to projects better.

It will make a world of difference to your when you time your writing, how much time it takes to work on graphics, how much time it takes to get the kids to do their homework, their bath, cooking etc.

2. Plan, Plan and Plan Some More 

My planner to work out my week and my journal to note how much work I get done at a time became my two crutches in this struggle to cope. Short term goals for each week. Long term goals divided into months and six months.

Being prepared for your meals, articles, before the week starts helps me be armed with decisions. That is time saved in wondering how to make use of my time on the fly.

3. Shut Off from Social Media

Social media is your biggest ally if used as a tool. It can also be the biggest time suck there is, if not strategically used.

Specially, in today’s times when there are so many gadgets to stay online often, it is very tempting to keep sharing your latest write up again and again.  Have scheduled time for your social media, use a scheduler and be very conscientiously of when and how you are utilizing the many platforms available.

4. Don’t Say Yes to Everything

It is very tempting to try to write for every single publication and volunteer for every activity for your kids. My kid’s first year at kindergarten, I volunteered for the PTA on the yearbook, social committee, along with the organization I volunteered for and social events and recitals I organized.

But by year’s end, I was exhausted beyond words and something had to give. I decided to start to let go some of the many responsibilities I thought I had to take on. It freed up so much of my time to give to family, writing and self.

5. Keep Your Life Positive

This is one of the trickiest things to figure out. Many a times we do not even know what it is we are wasting our time on. Negativity creeps into our lives from corners were aren’t even aware of. We think we are having fun, before you know it you are sucked into the hurricane of drama that comes with life.

Be wary of who you are letting into your circle and mind. The right kind of people help you grow and motivate you to do your craft better. A ten minute quality conversation is better than an hour of drama about who said who to what when.

Pointless drama can take away from your creativity. Have clear boundaries. Respect your own and that of others.

Writing life like any other profession requires discipline. Respect your own time and that of others’ as well.

Writing life, like any other profession, requires discipline. Respect your own time. Click To Tweet

About the Author

Aditi is writer for Huffington Post, Thrive Global, RichmondMomsBlog, Desh Videsh Magazine and has even been featured in Richmond Family Magazine and NBC12. She combined her passion for writing and parenting into the ezine Raising World Children.

She writes about the positive aspects of life and parenting with a focus on cultural sensitivity towards times today and heritage.

You can find more tips on writing on her website here. Find out how to write for Aditi’s publication Raising World Children here.

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