Get in the habit of writing down your novel ideas in just 30 minutes per day.
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Have you ever wanted to write a book? Maybe a 70,000 word novel or a best selling children’s book? What about learning a new language or mastering a new instrument?
I have a lot of amazing things I want to do, but the thought of completing these tasks is daunting. I get overwhelmed easily and the idea of completing something huge is enough for me to tuck it away forever and live on the fumes of someday.
Fighting off the overwhelm for writing, learning something new, or just about any big project can be done, it’s just a matter of finding the right approach that works for you.
Writing in 30 Minute Intervals
No matter what your big goal is, writing a novel, learning a new language, or starting a wellness program, try to dedicate 30 minutes a day to working on it. After a month of working toward your goal you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come with just 30 minutes a day.
Breaking it up into smaller chunks makes a goal more palatable, appear less daunting, and can do the trick to minimize the overwhelm.
Finding 30 Minutes in Your Schedule
Not everyone has 30 minutes at the ready. Our society and culture has us on the run from morning to night. Sometimes it’s difficult to find a chance to breathe let alone write for 30 minutes.
My plan to carve out time is to write when my husband goes to bed. I’m a night owl, but he has to get up early in the mornings, so it’s ideal. Also, at night the kids are doing their own thing before heading off to bed. I’ll be scheduling this time so everyone knows I’m marked off as busy and unavailable during this time.
If you need some ideas on how to find 3o minutes into your day see if one of these methods will work for you.
- Get up earlier.
- Prep dinners in advance
- Give up watching at least one TV show
- Work on your goal while the kids are doing homework
- Multitask. Find a dictation app for your phone and dictate ideas while you fold laundry
- Go over your schedule and prioritize. Is there anything you really don’t need to do or want to do?
- Delegate some household work to make some extra time
- Maximize your commute time if you take public transportation
- Pay attention to your device screen times, can you cut game, app, or social media time?
- Prep for the morning the night before, then spend the extra time in the morning on your goal
No matter what your goal is, if you focus on those 30 minutes a day you’re sure to make progress on your project.
What goal would you like to work toward at 30 minutes a day? Share your ideas in the comments below!
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Editor’s note: Originally published 10/17/2012. Content updated 4/27/2022.