What are Your Strategies?

I find myself distracted easily these days. I don’t know if it’s due to the season of life as a wife and mom to an eleven year old and trying to keep a house in some sort of order or if it is just the pace that life seems to take during this time of year.

And let’s be honest, self discipline has never been one of my best traits. Yet I think there is still hope. I have managed to stay in an exercise routine for most weeks over the past fifteen months.

Finding the quiet to sit down and write or do any of the creative things I love has become very difficult for me though. There is always laundry to do, dinner to prepare, school pick up, etc. I know you moms understand this dilemma.

When I realized that today’s one word at a time for the blog carnival was strategy as I ran yet another errand I began thinking I need a strategy for carving out time and most of all bringing my mind into focus so I could make the most of the time I can find to write. Or even paint, scrapbook or photography, the other creative endeavors I enjoy.

But the writing I know I need to discipline myself to do daily.

So for my post on strategy I want to know what strategies you use to carve out time to write, to stay focused and discipline yourself to write daily?

I do love Alise’s strategy for writers who procrastinate.

Linking up with Peter Pollock for the One Word at a Time Blog Carnival.

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Amy
Amy - November 8, 2011 - 10:26 am

Hazel I do that also using the Evernote app on my phone & ipad. It does help tremendously in not losing the thought.

Amy
Amy - November 8, 2011 - 10:25 am

Lisa I need to find a block of time to dedicate like that and I’m not sure mine would ever be the same each day either. I have a hard time doing it in short spurts. Takes me awhile to settle my mind and get in the zone. Completely makes sense that you don’t want to miss your real life.

Hazel I. Moon - November 3, 2011 - 12:45 am

My strategy for writing is that when I get memory triggered for a story, I place the Title into my Word program, so I don’t lose the thought. Then I can go back and write it up later.

Lisa notes - November 2, 2011 - 9:32 am

I’m not sure exactly what my strategy is. ha. I do try to block off about 30 minutes to an hour each day for writing, but it’s rarely at the same time each day. And sometimes it’s less; sometimes more. Sometimes all at once, but usually scattered at different times through the day.

In my mind, I have it prioritized. Maybe that’s enough to work it out reality.

I hold it loosely because I don’t want to not live my real life because I’m too busy writing about it. Does that make sense? I think most of us bloggers struggle at this point.

Let us know how you work this out, Amy! I’m always up for a better way. :-)