Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Power of Routine

I'm the not the writer type who waits for inspiration to strike before putting pen to paper. And although I can produce some of my best work under a hoovering deadline, I like most of my writing to be done on a routine. That is, I write at the same time each day for a set amount of time.

Now that my husband has a set work schedule, it is very easy for me to fit writing in. Although he used to be gone the same amount of hours each day, knowing exactly when those hours are and, being able to plan my writing around, them makes a huge difference. I able to focus and get much more accomplished than ever before.

Getting into the habit of writing is not easy, but it pays off. Not only do I start to look forward to the time I get to write each day, but it helps me become a better writer by establishing consistency. My time is spent more wisely, and I am able to churn out more work in less time. Research starts to become streamlined, and editing is quick.

If you don't currently have a writing routine, I highly encourage you to set one up. Whether you set aside one hour or several during the course of your day, having time reserved for writing will make a positive impact on all aspects of your life. Make it a priority, and it will show.

What is your writing routine like? Do you write at the same time or place everyday? What are some things you do to keep yourself motivated when you don't feel like writing?


  1. This is such a great post. Right now, I am getting up between 4am-5am because my little one is teething. I try to get anything I can done between the hours of 4am-7am. I get my two older kids off to school and play until nap time. This is when I get more work done. After that, it's work time after 7pm. :p I try to do this 6 days a week.

  2. Great post! I'm so happy to have found your blog! I definitely have a routine; however, I sometimes find myself battling the "Procrastination Demon!"

  3. I agree that the schedule thing is a really big deal. I originally hated working with a schedule, and a major part of me still rebels against it, but I am better with a schedule. The other part no one mentions is that once you have a schedule, then you have the ability to test yourself and experiment to find out how you work most efficiently. In the past year I've found that just a trio of small tweaks has helped me double my per hour income. Good blog - keep up the steady work!



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