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I’ve been known to make a sign that says “NO,” which I tape directly onto the TV screen.

John August, http://johnaugust.com/2003/finding-time-to-write

Don’t apologize for finding time to write. Your friends may not understand why you’re not able to join them for that card game. Your mother might be pissed that you won’t talk to her during your writing time. Too bad. Writing is work. And that means you treat it like work. Even if you’re serious about writing, your friends and family may never take it seriously.

Jackie Kessler, http://www.deadlinedames.com/making-time/

How to carve out 36 minutes of writing time tonight: An ‘hour long’ TV show is actually 42 minutes of content. The rest is commercials. Why not record your favourite shows or download them from iTunes/Netflix? Even if you still watch two shows in an evening, you could carve out 36 minutes for writing just by watching them commercial-free —- and still get to bed at the same time!


“Thinking about monastic ideals is not the same as living up to them, but at any rate such thinking has an important place in a monk’s life, because you cannot begin to do anything unless you have some idea what you are trying to do.”
– Thomas Merton


Step by step, you make your way forward. That’s why practices such as daily writing exercises or keeping a daily blog can be so helpful. You see yourself do the work, which shows you that you can do the work. Progress is reassuring and inspiring; panic and then despair set in when you find yourself getting nothing done day after day. One of the painful ironies of work life is that the anxiety of procrastination often makes people even less likely to buckle down in the future.

Gretchen Rubin