Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My barrier is time

Heather asked us what our barriers are, and at first, I thought 'I don't have one!'.
I'm massively profilic, writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, setting up a publishing house, going to University full time....raising a family...
And that's when it hit me.
My barrier is time.
Not time management, but time itself.

My barrier is time because there isn't enough of it.
My average day is 19 hours long. I sleep for five (though every so often, I don't sleep at all!). In those 19 hours, I spend:
2 eating
4 studying
6 chasing after my children before and after school - doing homework, reading and writing with them.
3 hours cleaning and doing 'house' stuff.
That leaves me six hours for writing, playing games, and the other 'stuff' I do - articles for gaming sites, my books 'etc'.
After term ends in April, I 'gain back' my study time, so that gives me a solid eight hours of work to look at my novels and other work.
But time is a huge barrier for me - I can't do 'everying' I want to do - though, of course, most of its my fault. I love my projects, but I'm pulling down this one barrier by rearranging, carefully. I'm selling off a lot of sites, and amalgamating a lot more.

Whatever your barriers are, you can tear them down - just work out what they are and why they are there and creatively change the rest ;)


Serenity Now! said...

Hey, cool, I'm glad that you don't have a barrier to your success!

Suzanne Lieurance said...


Here's a trick I use successfully that helps me overcome time barriers.

I'm a fulltime freelance writer and writing coach myself, and my days are very, very busy.

Whenever I sit down to write, I tell myself that "I have all the time I need to complete this project." Then, I relax and let my mind focus on the writing at hand. I don't worry about anything else on my schedule that day. I just relax and dissolve into the "flow" of the writing.

Try it!

Suzanne Lieurance
The Working Writer's Coach
"When Your Pen Won't Budge, Read The Morning Nudge"

Serenity Now! said...

That's a good one Suzanne!

I might try that today!

Carolyn Erickson said...

Streamlining your projects is a great idea, Kai. We can only accomplish so much in the time we have. :)

Sounds like you're already getting plenty accomplished!