We all have certain responsibilities we must take care of before doing other things. For some it’s a day job; others, paying bills, yard work, or cleaning the kitchen. There may be children to tend to or to-do lists to knock out. But once those responsibilities are taken care of, I know some people still say there’s no time to write.
While there are exceptions, most people do have time to write…they just choose to spend their time doing other things. And there’s nothing wrong with that; sometimes, we all need a break.
When faced with free time, ask yourself this regarding the things you do:
Is what I’m doing more important to me than time spent writing?
- Is that TV show you like more important than time spent writing…?
- Is spending time on Facebook more important than time spent writing…?
- Is arguing about politics online more important than time spent writing…?
If those things are more important than writing to you, then by all means, do them — there should be no shame in doing what you enjoy as much as you can.
Some nights, zoning out and watching a couple hours of TV is more important to me than writing. But most nights, it’s not.
I have no qualms about spending time with people I love instead of writing, especially because they understand how important writing is to me and respect my time. Some days, I just don’t feel like writing, so I don’t — and what I do instead on those days is usually worth the time to me.
But more times than not, I prefer writing to watching TV, being online, or finding something to do just for the sake of doing something. I know this because I ask myself: Is what I’m doing more important to me than time spent writing?
And the answer is usually No.
So I write…