Do you know your best time to write?
If you are a writer, then you likely already know when you are your most productive. However, if you are just starting out and trying to find a balance between your writing and the real world, you've likely faced a lot of frustration.
Have you ever taken your car to the mechanic and were told that your "simple repair" will take "about 30 minutes" - only to find that you are still waiting on your car two hours later?
No matter the profession, we all think that what we do will be finished faster than it really it is. Perhaps it is a good thing that we give ourselves so much credit. But - truth-be-told - it leads to a lot of aggravation when you realize you have over-scheduled yourself.
You know that anxiety-ridden overwhelmed feeling you get when you are staring at your deadlines.
Did you ever think that maybe you have been scheduling your time to write during your least-productive hours? Perhaps if you decided to write when during peak productivity times you will find that you truly can get your work done in the time you have allotted yourself.
Some writers love late-night writing after the world is fast asleep. Others prefer getting up early with the sun. As the world comes alive, so does the writing. Still, there are some writers who do their best work during the 9-5 hours.
It all depends on you. Spend some time experimenting and find what works best for you. The time when you find it the easiest you will notice an increase in your productivity. The sooner you discover this, the better your chances of succeeding as a writer.