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4 Time Management Tips I’ve Learned


August 29, 2013 by Jen Cudmore

Sometimes people ask me where I find the time to write. The answer isn’t that complicated. I make time.

This has been one of those months where I’m struggling to keep up with my commitments. Between my day job, my family, prepping for a new school year, planning blogs, managing social media, attending writers meetings, visiting sick friends and family I haven’t seen in years, and more (insert a huge breath here) I’m barely finding time to work on my writing projects.

Here are some tips I use to manage my time as a wife, mother, and author:

1) Set a daily/weekly routine. Scheduling makes life work much easier for me. I look over my calender and plan ahead where I’ll fit writing/social media in between my family and work commitments. Family and friends can support you if they know your routine.

2) Plan time to write. Set aside a block of time daily, weekly, and monthly – whatever best suits your lifestyle. I know authors who spend one hour every day at the computer. I need at least 2 hours at a time to keep my brain engaged. I prefer to take a few days a week with about 3-4 hour chunks of time. Figure out what works for you. It’s easy to let distractions pull you away, so protect that plan – don’t allow anything else to interfere.

3) Cut back on other items. Part of striving for a goal is making sacrifices. My evening habits have changed over the years as I learned to survive on less and less sleep. My family used to have friends and family over once a week. Now it’s more like every other month. I don’t go out as often to other functions, I don’t cook very many nice meals and I don’t clean my house as often as I would prefer. My family does help pick up duties here and there, but something has to go.

4) Accept that it’ll be hard. At times I do get whiny. Sorry, but I’m human! I knew going in that I would be a little tired – okay, a lot tired – and that it would be hard to juggle my day job, family, and writing all while surviving on a couple hours of sleep. The important part is that we forge ahead to meet the goal.

I’ve been a bit exhausted lately. I haven’t slept much and I’m behind on my housework. But thankfully life isn’t always this busy. These tips have helped me keep my sanity!


  1. Great post, Jen. I’m learning these as well. It takes a lot of discipline to stick to it, and you have to be flexible because life happens, but still stick to your stuff. 🙂

  2. Hi Jen –

    This post is timely for me. When I started working full time two months ago, it threw my schedule into a tailspin.

    Like you, I’m making due with less sleep. TV is a distant memory, and my garden languishes from lack of attention.

    The good part: I just submitted my second book!

    Susan 🙂

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