Not because of the never ending snowfall, the below freezing temperatures, nor the poor Ohio driving conditions but because there is so much to do that’s not enjoyable or writing related.
Many evening hours in this bleak month are spent outside shoveling the driveway so family can make it into the garage at night or out the next morning. (One of these years I'll document how much time is spent with this task.)
In addition to taking down all the holiday decorations, inside and out, you have to box them up and transport them up a flight of narrow and rickety attic stairs. (My family is like the Griswolds when it comes to holidays so we have dozens of oversized boxes of decorations to store.)
The biggest time suck for me is taxes. I spend time nearly every available night preparing the yearly figures so the IRS may consider giving me some of my hard earned money back.
And, yes, I do all this begrudgingly as I have little, to no time, left for writing. Or do I?
If you find yourself short on time for your writing just remember, it's about choices.
Do you want to get thirty minutes less sleep a night? Are you willing to skip the morning news or breakfast? How about spending your lunch break working your craft while shoveling a few bites of food down.
I remember one year I would drive to a nearby park on my lunch break and sit in the back of my van for 45 minutes and write. I had a large word count that year although I wasn’t very sociable. That’s okay as I had a goal and was working towards it through choices I made. While my break seemed rushed I felt energized upon returning to the day job.
Everyone has the same number of minutes in a day. It's how you choose to use them that makes the difference, not the other tasks on your list. Some items do take priority, like Uncle Sam’s needs, but there are many chores we have choices in.
With that said, it’s now February and my taxes are filed, the decorations stored, and I’m back to my normal writing schedule. Maybe next year I'll skip putting up the decorations and sit in a barren room and write, although I’m not sure how well that will go over with the kids.
How do you make your writing a priority and fit it into your schedule?