One of the biggest challenges that I have had to deal with lately is that of getting time to work on my upcoming book. I have a 9 to 5 job that I have to attend to. I also have a social life, including family obligations to deal with. And on top of all that, I am expected to somehow find time to work on the upcoming book.
One strategy that has worked very well for me is that of reducing my after-work engagements, and instead devoting the time to my upcoming book project. Nowadays, it is not uncommon for me to leave work, and head straight home — to work on the book. Previously, my daily schedule used to be such that after work, I’d first go to a pub, or to visit a friend, and only get home late: sometimes past midnight. But the book writing project has changed this.
Another strategy that has worked very well for me is that of planning my social life around the book writing project. I also wish that I could have the opportunity to plan my work life around the book writing project. In that regard, I really envy folks like those who work at UPS (the Upsers), who have so much more control over their daily work schedules. I have come to understand that even the UPS workers who are engaged in UPS tracking and even the ones who do the mainly menial tasks in parcel handling nonetheless have some level of control over their work schedules. Now that I don’t have such control over my work schedules, the only thing I can control – and which I therefore plan my book writing project around – is the element of social life. In my order of priorities, social engagements come well below the book writing project.
Yet another strategy that has worked very well for me is that of spending the small amounts of time that I’d otherwise have wasted ‘here and there’ on the book writing project. Actually, it looks as if most of the progress that I have made in this project has been during such periods of time: that is, the small ‘gaps’ of time between my various major engagements. Those are periods of time that I previously used to waste mindlessly.