How frustrating is it when you finally have the time to write but just. can’t. write? Stop working longer and start working smarter.

Set A Routine

Pick a consistent time that you’ll be able to write, whether it’s at night when everyone else goes to bed or waking up an hour or two before work. Just like at your day job, having the same set hours will force your brain into knowing that it’s time to work.

Dedicate A Space

Pick a room in your house – or a corner of your apartment – where you go to write. It’ll help to separate locations and the physical distinction will put you in the working mindset.

Set Boundaries

You need to distinguish between writing/working on projects and just being home. Sure, waking up earlier is nice but that’s not time to use on cleaning the kitchen, making a big breakfast, or other chores. It’s your own time and keeping it your time is not selfish.

Get Dressed

Okay, you don’t have to do this every day. But if you’ve been feeling pretty unproductive and notice you’ve been in pajamas or sweats every day, some jeans and a real bra will help you feel more professional, even if you are alone or won’t be seeing anyone else.

Stop Waiting

If there’s a project you want to work on, then work on it. Don’t wait for the perfect conditions to start because that may never happen.

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