How to Find the Time and Energy to Write When You Have Young Children

The hardest thing I’ve done in my life is having kids.

I love them to bits … but if you’re a parent, you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say that nothing prepares you for the reality of children!

Some people stop writing altogether while they’re busy raising small children. If that feels like the right option for you, then by all means take it – I’m certainly not here to say you should be writing. There’s nothing at all wrong with having a break.

If you do want to keep on writing though, then it’s possible to carve out a bit of time, space, and most importantly energy.

(Not necessarily easy, but possible.)

Here are some things that have worked for me: I’d love to hear your tips, too, in the comments.

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Six Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing Environment (and Get More Done)

Do you have lots of great writing intentions … only to find your day filling up with all sorts of other things?

When you do sit down to write, are you easily distracted?

Yes?

Hey, me too!

I’ve come to realise that this isn’t a weakness in myself: it’s more about the nature of writing. There’s often a lot of resistance associated with getting started … and even once you do get going, it can be very hard to get into flow.

For years, I used to imagine that I would – somehow – become able to effortlessly focus for hours at a time.

And, in fact, I can!

But not when I’m at home.

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