So, How Do I Find The Time To Do All This?

Writer Unboxed

It’s the most common question I get:

How do you find the time to do everything you do?

Until now, I’ve never had a ready answer, except that I have few obligations and responsibilities outside of my own career. But after pondering the reasons, I’ve written this post over at Writer Unboxed: The Secret to Finding the Time to Write, Market, Promote, and Still Have a Life.

I offer up 5 ways YOU can find the time in the coming year to be as productive as you want:

  1. Decide what you’ll stop doing—and I’m not talking about turning off the TV.
  2. Pay someone to do stuff you don’t like.
  3. Say good-bye to guilt and obligation.
  4. Be good at what you do.
  5. Spend the most time on what matters most to you.

Lots more elaboration at the post. Go read.

Posted in Creativity + Inspiration, Writing Advice.
Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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7 Comments on "So, How Do I Find The Time To Do All This?"

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More good advice from Jane. Thanks!


Exactly! I need to get better at letting things go and outsourcing. I also need to be better at focusing my energies in the right places so that I will actually write instead of doing all the things around it.

Jim Hamlett

Should I could accuse you of plagiarism, or suggest that it’s just great minds thinking alike? My list looks identical to yours. And I might add (at the risk of sounding like I’m sucking up to you) that your blog is among the very few that survived #1. 

MJ Hammond

Congratulations on the Top Blogger selection! 

MJ Hammond , Publisher
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