Find Time to Write | Louise Tondeur | Skillshare
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8 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction to Find Time to Write

    • 2. Somewhere to turn up

    • 3. Schedule it

    • 4. What do I write?

    • 5. Track your time

    • 6. Track your energy

    • 7. Time Management techniques

    • 8. Your project

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About This Class

Life can be so hectic sometimes, especially when we're juggling family, job, interests, and a social life, that it's hard to know when we can fit in a writing habit. This short class takes you through the most important aspects of finding time to write. There are actually only two things you need to do: turn up and make it regular - but it also helps if you've got somewhere to turn up to, you've committed to a time, and you know what you're going to write - which is what this class is all about.

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Louise Tondeur

Writer and Tutor


Hi. I'm a writer and I teach people how to write, and how to find more time to write. I've published two novels and a short story collection, and I taught my first class in 1993.

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1. Introduction to Find Time to Write: Hello, My name's Luis Tonda. I'm a writer. I've published full books the traditional way and are self published. Five guys to the creative writing process have also written three books for drama teachers here in my books, I teach people about writing, and I teach. People have to find time to write amid all the dizziness and hectic nous of life. Hello and welcome. To find time to write the course that will help you to get organized and to establish a writing habits, I show you lots of practical tools that will help you along your way. It's a great practical course, so get ready to take some action. And at the end of the calls, I'm going to give you a free chapter from my book on time management. So what are we actually going to cover? While we're going to look at your writing space? We're going to look at the time you've actually got in your life and how to use it better. We're going to talk about committing to your writing habit on going to talk about what you can actually do in your writings face. When you turn up to right. I'll also talk about using tried and tested time management techniques, so let's get on with the course 2. Somewhere to turn up: Hello. I'm here to talk to you about finding time to write. That sounds all but one of the most important thing you can do when you're trying to find time to write, just find a space. The writing. Here's my writing shed, which is the space I write it. But you can do this, whether you got writing shed or whether you've got trade by your bet. I certainly didn't start off with the writing shed. I started off working for two hours on a Friday afternoon after an almost full time job on Old Apple. Mac has been reconditioned. It was one of those baby box shaped ones on the kitchen table, but still got somewhere to turn up to on the most important thing about your writing space , even if it's temporary, is that you can turn up in it because you could turn up in it. That allows you to find time to write. If you don't believe me, try it. It works 3. Schedule it: Hello. I'm standing outside my right and shed talking to you about how to find time to write. Now, apart from having somewhere to turn up in having its face to turn up in the next most important thing. Are you ready for it? Because most people don't do this. It's scheduling. Doesn't sound very exciting. But actually, if you've got somewhere to turn up in on, then you commit to turning up in that space regularly and you actually scheduled the time just like you're going to work or going to university or going out to study going about your daily life, you actually block out the slot to do it. You're much, much more likely to find time to write. 4. What do I write?: Hello. I'm outside my writing shed Talking to you about finding time to right now, the most important thing you can do is have a space to turn up in. Whether that's a temporary or a permanent based, the next most important thing you can do is to actually turn up in it on schedule, make a commitment to scheduling your writing time and actually scheduled it. The next most important thing you can do is have something to write about. So what do I mean by that? Well, you don't need a grand idea. You don't need a big plan already. Your novel in your head ready to go? If you've got that great, you don't actually need it. Look out your window. Look at the door. Look at what's in front of you. All of these things tell a story. I'm surrounded by plants here. I have no idea who planted them. We didn't. So who did? Where did they come from? How long have they been here? What are they called? What did the garden look like when somebody planted them for the first time? Weighted the wood from the shed come from? That's just me standing right here, just looking at a couple of things. You can tell the story of the things around you or your writing poetry. You can simply describe what you can see, right? Interesting things about what you can see. That's a great place to start because you've always got it. You're always carrying your senses around with you and you could always stop on. Look, now that works, whether you're on a bus or a train or whether you're actually in your writing space. If you carry a notebook around with you, it's possible to find time to write that way wherever you go. 5. Track your time: So I'm here outside my writing shared talking about finding time to write. So we've talked about having a space to turn up in, even if it's only temporary. Have thought about scheduling and making sure you commit turning up. We talked about what you can write about if you don't have a project yet, but you might say to me, Well, Louise, that's all very well, but I'm really busy. I've got a life of God family. I've got a job, got interests of a social life. Sometimes I need to wind down where to actually fitted my time to write. Well, I'm not going to pretend that you don't have a life. I think a lot of the time management strategies try to do that. They tried to make you more productive at the expense of everything else. Nothing. That's a good idea, actually. Sometimes it's not even possible. So I suggest that you go through a week and you write down what you did during that week. You can either do it the difficult way Oh, the annoying way rather and have a kitchen time at the goes off every hour and you write down what you were doing when the time went off. We can do it the more gentle way where you leave a notebook somewhere obvious like next. The cattle see writing it every time you have a cup of tea or on your desk, and every so often maybe when you have a natural break, you write down what you were doing on that at the end of the week, you review it, and then you start to build to see where those trump's of time off, where you can fit in some time, right? 6. Track your energy : So I'm here outside my writing here, talking about finding time to write. So what you do when you've actually looked at your week, you've looked a typical week. You know what you do? You've identified some spaces. What do you do next? Well, I suggest you sit down with a nice cup of tea or maybe even a biscuit. And you look at your notebook all your Excel spreadsheet or however you tracked your week, Look at the results and you think about your energy levels. So would it be a good idea for you to get up half an hour earlier to do some writing? Or would you energy not be right? Could you do something over lunch or with that shift in mindset, be too difficult for you? Could you write on the train on the way to work? So you as well as thinking about those time slots, think about what your energies like those different parts of the day. Are you a lower court held or somewhere in between? The only real way you could work out where you're in he's gonna be right for writing is to have a go at it. Take another week practice, turning up in your writing space, doing some writing on and then at the end, just jot down where you are, what space you were writing in. So you see a cafe at lunchtime on what your energy was like. I was feeling tired. Just quickly write it down the and then you have another week's worth of notes to review, and you start to get a sense off. When's the best time for you to write? 7. Time Management techniques: Hello. I'm here to talk to you about finding time to write. We treat writing as if it's this piece a Terek, saying this dream thing that we wish we have the beautiful house in a beautiful garden to do in. Now there are fun bits out that dream, but also damaging bits because it makes us forget about the every day kind of writing the kind of writing where you commit and you turn up and you get on with it. That's not three me, Andi, Esoteric on sometimes because we forget about that approach may be we forget about things like time management strategies or productivity strategies. Now I wouldn't take them to their extreme, but there are a lot of them out there like David Allen's Getting Things Done is a famous one, for example, and there were things you could do. There are repetitive tasks that you could make easier for yourself like batch cooking, for instance. So I want to tell you about some tried and tested time management techniques that you can use define time to write. So let's hop on the computer inside the shed, and I'll do just that. So here I am in front of the computer, ready to share some time management techniques with you. Well, let's talk about some of the famous ones first. So, for instance, you might have heard of eating the frog, essentially doing the thing that you dread. First, there's also the Pomodoro technique. That's one that I really love involves setting a kitchen timer at 4 25 minutes. You can find out all about that on the Pomodoro website. Another famous one is Dave Allen's Getting Things Done. This is a great book to read. If you're not reorganized and you've got a really long to do list, he helps you to sort it out. One that I often teach people is called automating. Really, it's semi automating. It's where you take everyday tasks and you make them work a little bit better for you. One example is having a laundry basket where you saw your laundry in advance rather than having to sort it every time you do the washing. Another example would be batch cooking, so you haven't actually automated it, but you've made things a bit more efficient. You may made things easier for yourself that often goes along with this one. Delegating, swapping and sharing. So sharing Tulsa people stopping tasked with people already does what it says on the tin. Starting a baby sitting circle would be an example of this one again, it might be everyday things. There might be things to do with work, making sure that everybody's job is fairly proportioned, focusing on the important stuff. I got this one from Jenny Ditzes book Best Year, yet a long time ago. But actually other time management and self help books talk about this, too. This is where you decide what's the most important thing that you can do in a given area of your life. And you do that rather than focusing on the urgent stuff, which may not be the most important thing you can do. And you definitely get more done by thinking about things this way, thinking about your roles and responsibilities. So separating out all your roles and responsibilities in life and going through each one and combining it with the previous one, focusing on the important stuff and deciding what's the most important thing in each of those areas, or the top three most important things. Now I can remember workshop where I taught this 10 years ago, so I can't actually remember where I picked up from. But Pizza Brigman definitely talks about it for a few pages in his book, 18 Minutes On and Michael High. It talks about in his book Living Forward. So there is some stuff out there you can read on roles and responsibilities. If that sounds good to you, Cal Newport through it. In a brilliant book called Deep Work, he talks about getting some really focused time with no distractions. If that's an issue for you, I really recommend Cal Newport's work. So what do I mean by Expect miracles at 5 a.m. Well, because there's a book called Miracle Morning by how l rolled that talks about getting up at five o'clock. Now that mine, I'll be for you. But it's definitely an interesting read, especially if you have the sort of person who gets more done first thing in the morning. Now I will create a list of these for you to download so you can follow up the ones that sound interesting to you. I also blogged about them on these small steps guide blawg, so check that out if you want to. So hopefully there are some time management techniques in there that you can use, and your noticed that a lot of them are very practical and down to earth on you can implement them very easily. For instance, I would start with the Pomodoro technique. If you want to pick any of those, I think that's the one that's helped me the most day. Valence Getting things done. Also a great book. They're all things that people have written about. You can get these tips online and first start to implement them. 8. Your project: Welcome to your find. Time to write projects. Your project is to track. You'll time. I want you to take three weeks mark amounts in your diary and commit to them. And during the first week, you're going to simply track your time. Then you're going to review the results. Have you identified any new writing time? I have written a blood post on tracking your time. So in case you need more guidance, he is a link on. That's a very brief summary Will show you how to do it in the second week. I want you to track again. But this time noting down where you wrote and what your energy levels were like, then review what happened and posting comments about your results for other students to see . He's the third week of the project to set up a new writing habit based on the results of your tracking. What happened? Did you find more time to write? Let the other students No one will the other. Congratulations. You finished your projects. Thank you so much for taking this course. I hope you've enjoyed it. Please do share your project with other students. I promised your free chapter from my book on time management. The link is on the screen now, so please check that out and I hope to see you in some of my other courses. It's been fantastic working with you. I'll see you soon.