Start Your Week Off Write: 5 Steps To Squeeze More Creativity Margin Out of Your Day


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I start a new job today. Yay! Actually it’s my first paying job (besides a magazine article I wrote about a year ago) in many years. I say paying job because up until this time I’ve had many jobs: mother, wife (yes, it is a job because you must work at it to be successful), homeschooler, caregiver, ministry volunteer, animal rescuer. None of those came with a paycheck that translated to dollars but they were jobs nonetheless. Add to that list aspiring author. Now there’s a new priority that could force writing to the back burner.

Many artists and writers have ‘day jobs’ to pay the bills. We have to be intentional about leaving space to create. Do you have a plan to squeeze more margin for creativity out of your day?

Here’s my five step plan:

  1. Continue with my Write Anywhere venues – making a date to write in a different place makes me set that time aside for writing
  2. Simplify some of my daily chores – Being intentional about getting other things done so I don’t get overwhelmed and allow them to eat bigger chunks of time Example: load the dishwasher each night even if I don’t feel like it so the chore doesn’t multiply exponentially
  3. Use any break time I might have at the new job to indulge in mini-creative writing prompts to keep from getting rusty.
  4. Turn off the TV and let my brain percolate in the silence – downtime for your brain helps creativity
  5.  Ask friends and family for help and understanding – Keeper Hubby is my biggest cheerleading and will help out with chores and shoo me off to write. That’s why he’s a keeper. 😉

That’s my plan. Do you need to make margin for your creativity? Check out these links for some great ideas:

and some deep food for thought with A Minute of Margin

Question: How do you make intentional time for writing and general creativity? 

8 thoughts on “Start Your Week Off Write: 5 Steps To Squeeze More Creativity Margin Out of Your Day

  1. Thanks for the mention Kristin. The big change for me was moving to 4 days a week at work. It gave me the energy to spend on achieving a lot in one day and still having the weekend with my husband/ chores etc. I did go to 80% of wages but it was worth it for the achievement I saw in a shorter time. All the best with your writing, Joanna

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  2. Joanna, thank you so much for stopping by! My schedule will be kind of crazy and not predictable at first, but I’m hoping that once I settle in I will be able to adapt my writing hours around it. That would be great to get one day just to concentrate all the stuff and errands that need to be done! That sounds like a scheduling goal to shoot for. Thanks again for the comment. 🙂

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    • Thanks Michaela for stopping by! Actually I’d like to tell everyone about the job, but I after filling out my first day of paperwork believe it or not I had to sign a social media policy agreement to be hired so I am going to avoid any issues with that by not giving any details. I’m excited about my new job, but I have to still be able to interact with my social media peeps, so never the twain shall meet. 🙂

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  3. Congrats on the new job! I hope it goes swimmingly!

    be sure to schedule some set writing time every day, even if it’s only 15 minutes, and don’t miss those appointments! 🙂

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