How to Make Time to Write While Working a Full-Time Job

I remember looking forward to coming home from work all day so that I could get some writing in, but once I would sit down and make time to write, all my motivation was gone.

For months, it felt almost impossible.

I’m going to be real with you. Being a writer isn’t easy. It’s normal to feel like your work is getting nowhere, especially if you work a full-time job.

If you need help making more time to write, I have a few tips that helped me along the way. Whether you’re trying to work part-time as a freelance writer, write for your blog, or get that novel done—this post is for you!

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Create a writing space

You have a designated space for almost everything you do. A bed for sleeping, a kitchen table for eating, and a restroom for… well, you get the point.

So why wouldn’t you have a designated space for writing? Your brain will recognize this space the way it does the others, and it will know the time spent here is for writing.

Make sure your writing space inspires you. Here are a few tips:

  • Put up your favorite motivational quotes
  • Hang up pictures of your loved ones
  • Get cool office supplies
  • Organize! I would recommend getting a small filing cabinet. I found one on Facebook Marketplace for $20!
  • Always clean up your space (clutter will make you want to work somewhere else)
  • Let sunlight in
  • Have a nice cup of coffee or tea at your side at all times… along with some water
  • Play music or background noise that will get you into the writing mood

Write in a journal

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “write every day.” If you want to get better at something, you need to practice. Maybe not every day (we believe in rest here), but enough to where you feel some confidence in your work.

You might be too exhausted to work on your novel or a blog post after work—however, it doesn’t require as much of your energy to write in a journal!

In fact, it can be a great form of therapy

You know how when you come home after a long day, and you have so many things to let out that you’ve been holding in? Your journal is the perfect place to vent!

Who knows… it might even spark some ideas, and you’ll end up writing for your novel or blog.

Make time to write a priority

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What stops you from writing? It can be plans, chores, family, errands, your job, social media, or just procrastination.

Make it a point to identify what’s stopping you, and learn to say no to the things that don’t need to get done immediately. You can even treat your writing like homework.

Assign yourself projects or the number of words you want to get down by a certain time. Make sure you meet your deadlines.

Remember, it will only work if you stick with it.

Wake up early

You can use the awesome and supportive hashtag known as the 5 AM Writer’s Club (#5amwritersclub) on Twitter to connect with other writers who wake up that early to write. It can be challenging if you’re not a morning person but rewarding if you stick to it!

If that’s too early, try to wake up early enough so you can make time to write for at least 15 minutes. This will do you wonders since the brain is most productive in the morning.

Key Takeaways

  1. Create a writing space: A writing space will help motivate your brain to write.
  2. Write in a journal: This is a productive and therapeutic way to practice your writing.
  3. Make your writing time a priority: Learn to say no to things that don’t need to get done immediately. Act as if your writing is for school, and stick to it.
  4. Wake up early: Start your days earlier and write when your brain is most productive.

Did you find this post helpful? Let me know in the comments!


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