Writing is simply one thing on my list of things to do each day. It fights a number of bullets for time, including reading, blogging, social networking, chores, eating, and sleeping. The majority of unpublished authors have full-time jobs. Many have children to raise. Some are involved in community organizations. Some may even be working two jobs during these tough economic times.
Writing is not something we want squeezed into our schedule. We need to take our time; rushing does not allow us to produce our best work. Writing requires focus and concentration. Interruptions must be avoided. Many writers wake up ridiculously early to ensure uninterrupted time before the day begins. Others stay up late, fighting off exhaustion to meet a word count goal.
For me, having a set routine has been necessary. I can't be flexible with my time. If I wake up and tell myself I have all day to write, I find myself sitting down for dinner having accomplished nothing.
But, not everyone is in a position where they can follow a daily routine. Jobs, families, and prior commitments tend to get in the way. Time management is a skill that seems to become more difficult the older we get.
Where does writing fit into your daily schedule? What are your biggest time management obstacles?