It’s something really hard to do, though if you’re relatively alone at home, this post may not be helpful for you. Stop playing video games and watching Netflix if that’s you!
At first, I relished the opportunity to be away from the desk and at home. I thought it’d mean I’d crank out books at an absurd speed.
But I quickly found that it meant homeschooling children, constant cleaning of the house (as everyone’s in it full time and for some reason I have the compulsion to be super clean these days…), it’s actually a far busier day in terms of just having a few moments of quiet compared to a relatively quiet existence before.
You’ll note I’ve not been livestreaming on YouTube at all during this, as I can’t find full hour blocks to get away.
It’s tricky to keep the creative going. It’s pretty easy to do non-creative tasks such as format files, put different books up for sale, etc. But the difficulty lies in the creative where you need that space to be able to work without interruption.
Making time in a hectic environment requires a little bit of retraining and change.
What I’ve done is whenever I get 5 minutes, I just write a little, do something toward my goal (this works for anything else). Those little breaks happen throughout the day, and while they’re not long, if you get enough of them, you can find enough productive space to at least match having an hour by yourself. It requires focus to be able to tell when these minutes occur and not to just relax or shirk duties, but they’re there.
After a few days of it, I’ve gotten pretty good at using those rest times toward work and pushing to get projects done. It takes practice to get used to, but utilizing the little bits of time is a skill like anything else and when you make a habit (21+ days) you’ll do more for it.
Hope that helps!
In 16 days I’m launching a new science fiction novel, Colony Launch, which ties into my Stars Entiwned Universe. If you haven’t picked up The Stars Entiwned, you can get it on Kindle now and catch up! Read today.