Do You Struggle to Find Time for Writing?
Author: Tom Blubaugh

So many authors and writers share their struggle to find time for writing.  This creative need drops by the wayside as they care for family, deal with health issues, and work full or part-time. I totally get it!

depressed young woman resting on her hand


Barbara, my wife, raised four children as a single parent. There were times she felt she wouldn’t make it through the day. Several years ago she read a statement written in the Al-Anon literature Just For Today that made a difference:

Business man stressed out by deadline holding two phone with smoking alarm clock in background


“Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle all of my problems at once. I can do something for 12 hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.”

Out of this reading came a strategy that she says, “was the only way I could get through some days.”

Old chronometer


She decided to set a timer for 20 minutes for each project that required her attention or that brought her some enjoyment. At the end of the 20 minutes, she accepted whatever she had accomplished to move the project forward or helped her to cope and relax.

She still uses this strategy today as she quilts, works in her garden, builds a house for her flowers, takes a nap, and does the myriad of other things that she chooses to give her attention to. It amazes me what she is able to accomplish in a day.

Writing a blogging article is not one of my favorite things to do, so after 18 years of watching her do this and sharing this strategy with others, I have decided it might work for me!


African Violet


It really works!

I hope you learn solid principles to help you on your journey of success—whatever success means to you.

Change something today to make your tomorrow better.

Tom Blubaugh
Literary Strategist, LLC


  1. Ada Brownell

    Great post. I started something similar when I was young and eventually we had five children and much of the time my mother-in-law in the house. Only I wrote down a schedule, prioritizing and giving myself a certain amount of time to do the chore, but allowing interruptions and not feeling the schedule was written in stone. It was an eye opener to see I can make a bed in less than five minutes. Today I realize I can clean out the dishwasher in just a little more time than it takes to microwave a cup of water for tea. I try not to mix relaxation and work. If I don’t watch myself I waste time waiting, standing at a window, or looking to see what’s happening on TV. When I work I give myself to the chore, and when I relax, I totally relax.

    • Tom Blubaugh

      Thanks, Ada. I appreciate the comment.


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