I'm laughing a little that this was the topic I picked in February when I was prepping for this challenge, because I have been so strapped for time the last two weeks that I need this post probably more than anyone else :)
One of the trickiest things about chasing any dream is managing the time of reality with the dream. We would all love to be able to sit at home, writing our stories for the world, and just having money automatically deposited because of our drive, dream, and desire. However, that just doesn't happen. We have jobs, spouses, kids, pets, yards, extracurricular pursuits, community service and the list goes on. The hardest part of our job is maintaining everything.
When it is time to write, put everything else away. I love to jump on my Pandora station labeled writing, put in my earphones, have a fresh Diet Coke, and write. My goal is to get at least an hour every night, which doesn't always happen because of the previous paragraph, but I still have the time set aside to remind me. It is an event that shows up on my google calendar, synced with my phone, tablet and on my computer. There are nights when I'm away at that designated time, but I at least try to think of what I want to write next, so that it is every present in my mind. Even doing this allows me to utilize my time better when I do get it.
While it isn't quite what I would really like it to be, it is better than nothing at this point.
How do you dance the delicate steps of managing time in reality?