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An Hour a Day

I’m always trying to get myself into a routine. I work 9-hour days and then some so it’s hard to find the time to blog, read, write, play video games, relax, etc.

I’ve set designated days to work on writing and blogging to spread the load out and keep myself organized. Some weeks are better than others, but if there’s a certain deadline I have to meet, then priority goes to that and the schedule gets thrown out the window.

Lately, blogging has been taking over my writing life. I think the main reason for that is because I have deadlines for my blog and not my writing… yet.

Anyway, it’s a new year so of course, I have to try getting myself into another routine.

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During the week, I wake up at five in the morning and go to bed between nine and ten. I’m a morning person and that’s when I do my best work, so that’s why I get up two hours before I actually have to.

But it helps a lot because by the time I get home from work I’m too tired to do anything else.

It takes about an hour for me to go through my WordPress Reader each morning and read and comment on all the blogs I follow. Plus, I read and comment on at least five blogs I don’t follow.

I can read about 100 pages of a book in one hour.

I can write about 2,000 words in an hour. Editing? Well, I’m sure I could get a good chunk of editing done if I focus enough for an hour.

Some blog posts are more work than others and the graphics can take some time to make, but again, I can get a lot done in an hour.

I’ve decided to set aside one hour each day for each activity. I have two hours in the morning before work that will be dedicated to blog time. One hour for reading and commenting, one hour for writing posts.

Then I spend six and half hours at work and then another two-or-so-hours babysitting.

When I get home, I’ll spend one hour reading and one hour writing/editing.

This will be easier to accomplish on the days I don’t have to babysit and the weekends are going to be a breeze, but we’ll see how it works out.

And of course, this isn’t set in stone. I know I have to carve out some family and friend time. I also plan to shut down my computer and such by seven each night so I can have a few hours to relax before bed and then doing it all over again the following day.

So, what do you think? I think there needs to be more hours in the day.

Once I get a good backlog of posts written for my blog, I can go back to my other schedule (only working on my blogs on Thursday and Friday). But, since I was sick the last week of 2016, I wasn’t able to get anything done for January. So I’m a bit behind.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing this week. Hopefully, it will continue for the next week or two and then I can feel caught up on everything.

Until I can someday (hopefully) make enough money to be a full-time writer, I have to run a tight-ship with myself to get this done. Nothing happens if you don’t work for it.

Do you have a special routine to get your writing and/or blogging done? What is it and how does it work for you?Let me know in the comments below!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

42 thoughts on “An Hour a Day

  1. Wow you get a lot done in an hour hey? As they say, the more you write the better you get and with this constant schedule and you writing everyday, you’re a couple of steps away from definitely being a full time writer. Onward forth Rache!

    1. If I actually focus, then yeah, lol. Between my three jobs, I need to split up my time. I would like to spend more than hour, but right now that’s all the day will allow me.
      Thanks!

      1. And yet you can do so much in an hour. Shows your determination. Yeah if you could dwindle that down to one job with the same pay and less hours, that would be amazing!

  2. Wow! That’s a busy day! I’m learning to go with the flow. Sometimes, I need a deadline to get my butt in gear (my book Life Discarded took me nearly a year to write whereas I published four books last year). At the moment, I’m finding I write best when it’s still cold and dark out and I’m in my pj’s. I keep setting the alarm a little earlier each day. My goal is to write a chapter before the dog needs to go out. So far so good. Good luck!

    1. Going with the flow is the best way to do things!
      Yeah, I definitely work better in the morning as well. The house is quieter then.
      Good luck with your writing!

  3. I never thought of myself as a morning person, but I do the same as you: go to sleep early and wake up early. Not that I feel especially energized in the morning, but I’m exhausted after the day of work and errands and such and know I won’t get anything productive done at night. I am trying for a schedule similar to what you lay out — although I don’t write anywhere near 2000 words in an hour, wow, that’s impressive! But lately I’ve been falling into what turns out to be a bad habit, of doing email and blogging in the mornings. I think I’ll feel better if I “just clean up my inbox” but then my whole productive morning is gone. So one of my new resolutions is to resist that impulse and take care of email and reading other blogs in the evenings. And…. here I am in the morning, reading and commenting on your blog. Hm, time to get offline…. Good luck with your work/writing plan!

    1. I’m usually wide away in the early morning, lol. It definitely works best for me. Even if I didn’t have work, I think I would still get up early because I’m most productive at that time.
      I’ve been doing most of my reading and comment in the mornings as well. I was hoping to get some reading done before work, but… trial and error, I guess. I’ve been getting things done nonetheless.
      Good luck with your plan!

  4. I really tried to get into a routine with my blogging, research for my writing, my writing, and some me time, but I get distracted easily these days. I am luckier than most since I don’t have a job outside of my art and author career, but it’s still a challenge for me to stay focused. I’m really hoping to get more writing done than every before this year.. I will try to dedicate at least two hours every day I have to myself to get my butt into gear. Of course, unexpected things happen. I think it’s great you’re figuring out a way to work on making it better for you. Good luck!

    1. That’s nice that you’re able to focus on your writing and art, though. I’m trying to make writing my full-time career, but that takes time. And time is scarce because I can’t go without having a job. It’s a vicious cycle.
      Two hours a day sounds great! I’m sure you’ll be able to achieve that. Thank you, and good luck to you as well. 🙂

  5. I think the perfect work schedule for me would be 6-hour days, 6 days a week. 8-9 hours just makes me feel like I have no real time to do anything for the rest of the day, so I end up staying up later than I should.

  6. Rachel, you have a great schedule there as long as you allow yourself some flexibility so that you won’t get too exhausted. I too am impressed with your 2000 words in an hour. I have never achieved that. But I do believe that the modern author much compartmentalise time for writing , blogging, promotion etc. It is all too easy to get bogged down with one task and get massively behind with another!

    1. Oh, definitely. I don’t force myself to complete every task every day. If I’m on a roll, I’ll keep going. If I’m not in the mood to do something or too tired, I won’t do it. It is very easy to burn myself out, but I do enjoy the blogging and writing. 🙂
      There’s too much to think about, I agree. But it’s manageable, for the most part!

  7. You sure have a busy day. Sometimes it is hard to fit in writing time. I am retired and have always started most days with my writing. I am a firm believer writing has to be treated like a job whether its full time or part time. My goal for 2017 is to write a new story each week. I also have to slot in time every week for promotion.

    1. Writing definitely is a job whether it pays the bills or not. I’m hoping it’ll be my full time career in the near future, so I’m trying to get in any time that I can.
      It’s good that you start your day with writing. Good luck with your stories. 🙂

      1. Yes I totally agree! Being organized helps a lot and make blogging much more enjoyable. I just happen to be one of those people who forgets to be organized, apart from the summer months were I’m off college and have time to blog ahead. 🙂

  8. I’ve only just set up a schedule that seems to be working for me coming into 2017. I write all my blog posts for both my review and writing blogs on Sunday (my only consistent day off) and update my blog pages on Saturdays. I upload a new chapter of my novel to WattPad on Sundays too and write every day now (even if it’s just 200 words). At my peak, I’m like you, writing 2000 words an hour but I need to build back up to that. Good luck with your new schedule! Hope it works well for you 😊

  9. It’s my final semester, so I don’t have to go to college every day, so my day is wide open now. After the first week, I realised I need some kind of plan because I ended up wasting a lot of time!
    Your day is so jam packed and I can’t believe you get so much done in a day! That’s a good plan, Rachel. Sneak in a bit of relaxation too, so you don’t burn out. Also, take care, especially after that bad case of cold last month.
    Happy new year! 🙂

    1. Yay! That’s exciting that you’re just about done with school. It must be nice to have your day open, but I know what you mean. Sometimes you take advantage of the free time and end up doing nothing.
      Yes, I’m taking care. I do not want to get sick again! I’ve been winding down the day with reading or watching YouTube. I think that makes a big difference.

      1. I’ve been getting into that habit too, but sometimes I get so engrossed that I stay up very late! 😂 This is why I need a plan. I think I shall make one by tonight. Hopefully.

      2. I’ve been staying up too late, too. I don’t know how because I’m exhausted by the end of the work day!
        Plans are good. I hope it works out well for you if you make one. 🙂

      3. I’m not very good at following through, to be honest. But I’m determined to be better this year. Also, there’s a really good book called ‘Productivity for Creative People’ (or so I think) by Mark McGuiness, which really made me pay attention to how I was spending my day and how to do manage my time more effectively. Let’s see how it goes. 🙂

      4. I’m sure you’re doing just fine. I found it very interesting though. The author does say that what works for one may not work for another, so it had more guidelines than actual rules.

  10. Friends time? Ummm….. I have no life! haha Messing. All we can do is try and find a balance. And keep experimenting so you don’t burn out. If the new routine doesn’t work, change it up again 😀

  11. I’m a working mother of two and I just started blogging, I would love for it to be my source of income one day. To be paid to write would a dream come true! I agree with needing more hours in a day, I feel like I juggle so much I barely have time to sleep!

    1. Getting paid to blog and write would definitely be the dream. I’m going on my fifth year of blogging and am just starting to earn a little now (though it’s not much at all). I hope you can achieve your goals! It’s not easy, but it’s fun. 🙂

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