While you’d love to retreat to your quiet, distraction-free writing world, the reality is once you become a parent the need to adapt to changes is inevitable. This doesn’t mean you’re going to stop writing, it just means you need to find creative ways of getting your writing done. If your little one usually takes a nap at a certain time during the day, use that time to write a few pages or a chapter. If it’s lights out for them and the rest of your family by 8:00pm, or if early mornings before everyone is up works best – get into writer-mode and knock out a few hours creating your masterpiece. What made you want to write in the first place? Keep your goals front and center in your mind as you make changes. Being a parent doesn’t mean you need to give up your dream.
Tweak your writing schedule.
Let’s face it, as a parent your schedule changes constantly and affects your writing time. But this doesn’t mean you can’t any work done. Maybe at your previously set writing hours you’re now doing laundry or making lunch for your toddler. If that’s the case you may find that the window of free time that does open is not when you’d prefer to sit and write. Be open to adjusting your routine and write when you think it’s ‘inconvenient’, as that’s when your opportunity arises. Remember the old adage, you have to “Strike while the iron is hot.” You still need to be productive with your time if you want your writing to move forward.
Seek help from others.
For many people, being a parent also fuels the need to be ‘Super-man’ or ‘Super-woman’ and prove to their children, others and themselves that they can do it all. But the truth is no one person can do everything on their own, and trying to do so will lead to becoming overwhelmed. Don’t be afraid of, or shy away from asking for help from family or friends. Maybe you need someone to babysit for a few hours so you can sit and think through your ideas. Or maybe you need some time to ‘escape’ into your writer-mode and transfer all your flowing thoughts to your laptop. Reach out to your close supporters and ask for their help as you work to become the writer you want to be.
What steps can you take to increase your writing productivity as a parent?
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