Where Do I Find Time To Write?

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

I meant to write a post earlier today. I really did. But I just couldn’t find the time in the day.

There was (not necessarily all in this order) the meditating and the email checking and the tweeting and the breakfast and the massage and the client and the other client and the potential client and the note taking and the lunch and the listening and the dinner and the recording and the planning and the creating and the editing and the talking and the cooking and the teleseminar…

Yes. The teleseminar. This is what’s important about time right now. Choice Points (click it, you can still get a recording of the awesome call). One of the items discussed in that call I listened to and wrote notes about was practice. The idea of practice.

What do you practice daily?

Maybe meditation. Maybe brushing my teeth. Maybe tweeting. Maybe breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe umm…writing? Maybe procrastinating. Maybe overanalyzing. Maybe taking a few extra minutes after lunch to get back to whatever it was I was doing when I left a few minutes early to leave it for lunch.

So when I ask myself, Where do I find time to write? I know the answer. It’s not that I need to be more disciplined about the “bad” habits I practice without thought on a daily basis (although I could use some more discipline on that); it’s more that I need to be more disciplined about practicing the the things I actually want to practice. Like writing.

Maybe even sitting down to write posts like these a little earlier than 10 minutes before I want to be asleep for the night (yes, I go to bed terribly early for an artist type…practice of sanity, I guess).

What do you want to practice more or less?

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  • Wifsie

    Distractions abound. I find that Twitter keeps me away from writing. But it's fun. I want to practice finding joy in the moment. If that means writing less, so be it. I'll always get back to it. thanks for this post!
    Maryse

  • I am so bummed I didn't know about this call until later. It seems as if all my favorite twitter friends were on it.

    I wonder if there will be other calls? I will listen to see what I hear. THANK YOU for posting the link!

  • My understanding is that there were 2 calls prior (which they'll send you the links to) and there will be 3 more calls this year at some point. I'm excited to listen to the first two…it was truly an amazing call, and I'm sure you'll get a lot out of it.

  • I'm finding that I practice new ways of looking at old patterns. “Instead of doing it this way…what if I do this?” kind of thinking. It's that “mindful” idea and helps me explore what's become habit and answers “is this really working for me?” Then, daily, I practice writing about it!

    Thanks for calling this to mind,
    Bonnie

  • I love the practice of writing about it…for me it's cathartic process that helps me learn “what's just happened” (and learn from it by having something to turn back upon later…kind of like following the trail of crumbs home in a sense…)

  • whollyjeanne

    writing a blog post 10 minutes before bedtime? YOU TOO? we have so got to move writing up the list. i will if you will.

  • I love this: “It’s not that I need to be more disciplined about the “bad” habits I practice without thought on a daily basis (although I could use some more discipline on that); it’s more that I need to be more disciplined about practicing the the things I actually want to practice. Like writing.”

    I think of grass — how if you've got strong, healthy grass seeds planted you don't have to worry about fighting with weeds – the strong grass grows, the weeds give up.

    Habits seem like that – if we strengthen (that bad “d” word you used – discipline) the things we want to practice, then the weeds/”bad” practices will give up. Well, that's the story I'm sticking to, anyway – might just be that I'm afraid of the “d” (discipline) thing.

    And – me too! Writing – I want to practice more of it – it's healing, connecting, joyful, awareness-provoking and weed choking.

  • I am officially accepting this challenge: Move writing up the list. My commitment: post by 5PM PST on the days I'm going to post. This goes back to practicing the things that are important (writing) and ditching the things I don't want to practice (procrastination). You and me, sister…we're movin' (writing) on up!!

  • “awareness-provoking and weed-choking” … you are my people!

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