How can you find time to write if you run a business? If I got a cookie for every time I tried to answer this question—I would need to go to the gym during the morning AND night.
Honestly, there is no spell you can cast, and there is no one else that says you do not have any time besides you.
Also, it’s not that you can’t write—it’s that you don’t try.
Plus, as a business owner, you should know what you are talking about and you should be able to put it into words!
Are you an Internet Marketer? Well, write about new internet marketing trends!
Did your web design company just set a new website live? Well, blog about how and why you designed and developed it the way you did!
Why should you be afraid to put your fingers on a keyboard or grab a pen and piece of paper?
Time – it’s precious. You don’t want to waste a second of it doing other—less productive things (writing) during your work day. However, you see business owners at some of the most fast-paced companies doing it regularly. How do they do it?
Well, some people hire ghost writers… Others “just do it” and MAKE it a priority to find the time to write. And that’s what it comes down to: If you have the will to write, you will find the time!
Like I said above, there is no secret formula. No one can make you write… But, there are a couple things that I would like to suggest that you do to find an hour or two (out of your work week) to write and that will keep you writing on a consistent basis.
Keep a close watch on what you do throughout the work day.
Yeah, I said it, micromanage what YOU do. If you take the time to track everything that you do and how long it takes to complete every task, you are bound to find some loopholes.
Maybe the time you spend on Facebook as you eat lunch one day of the week can be better spent writing a blog?
After tracking what you do for a week or so, you might be surprised how much time you waste doing things that aren’t necessary while you are at work. As a side note, I am not saying skip that lunch hour, I am just saying that if you are “too busy” from 9-12 and then 1-5, maybe you could take some time (once a week) to write and eat from 12-1!
Schedule an appointment with yourself to write.
You schedule an appointment with clients for an hour, you schedule an appointment to get your hair done with your hairdresser, you pick a time to go to the movies, well, how about you make an appointment to write? This way you will have a designated time frame to get it done in with nothing else scheduled to do.
Create a Word Document that has topics and headlines.
This tip implies that you have actually made an effort to find some time to write. Therefore, this “tip” primarily revolves around what to write about. Building an outstanding collection of topics and headlines will give you a multitude of options to select from when it comes to finding something to write about the day the blog is due.
Take me, for example, if something frustrates me about content writing, blogging, about how a client refuses to offer a press release topic, or how some people can’t seem to find the time to write one blog a month—I write it down. The more topics and headlines I come up with before the blog is due, the easier it will be to start writing the blog. Also, don’t fret about coming up with a “catchy” headline right away if you have a topic. In my experience, I have found that writing a good headline is easier to do after I have already written or typed everything out.
How can you truly start finding time to write?
Change your attitude. For those of you who feel the need to “reschedule” your writing time, you need to break the habit of saying “I will do this later,” and say “I am scheduled to do this now—I will get this done.”
Inevitably, I have found that scheduling a time to write will work best for those who are constantly on the go or are always busy.
How do you think I find time at one of the most fast-paced digital marketing agencies in the country? I practice everything I just preached.