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Thirteen ways to manage your time as a writer

My laundry hamper is overflowing, there is cornmeal on the kitchen floor from making pizzas from scratch, and the new kitten is still hiding under my bed. I am having trouble finding time to write and time to take care of the house.

I have  to reevaluate how I spend my day.  I am not lazy. I don’t watch television. I do check my e-mail every ten minutes. I read the news on-line every hour at the top of the hour, and I shave my legs every day in the winter. I need an action plan. I need a list.

Thirteen ways to mange your time as a writer 

1 .  Wake up an hour early and write when it is quiet.

2.  Check your e-mail once a day, not three hundred times a day.

3.  Brush and floss your teeth after every meal, so you don’t waste time getting cavities filled at the dentist.

4.   Do not fertilize or water your lawn.  Do not encourage your grass to grow. Mow as needed or once a week.

5.   Reduce the amount of clothes you have to wash by wearing the same clothes for a week. Change your underwear daily.

6.   Color code your dishes, and have each family member wash their own dishes. Or buy paper plates.

7.   Buy frozen pizza and premade food. Invest in a good microwave.

8.   Train your family members to do their own laundry.

9.   Do not sweep the kitchen floor, get a dog.

10. Do not shave your legs every day, wear pants. Men, grow a beard.

11. Clean the house once a month, or when you are expecting company.

12. Write late at night when it is quiet.

13.  Do not get anymore kittens.


Do you have any suggestions on how to manage  time when you are a writer? Please let me know.




About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • I don’t shave–get a wax every 4 months–menopause does have it’s benefits!

    Hot flashes wake you up in the middle of the night–plenty of time for writing in the wee hours!

    Be Blessed. Love your sense of humor!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you renee. I will have to try the leg waxing. I don’t have hot flashes anymore, but I do have a kitten jumping on my bed. I will get up and write the next time he wakes me up.

  • LOL Well, I figured out the leg shaving tip a long time ago. Let’s see…
    I hadn’t tried only wearing one set of clothes all week. You know you might can simplify that one to even less laundry by wearing pajamas all day everyday. 🙂

    • pamelahodges

      Oh Anastacia. I love the idea of wearing pajamas all day everyday. I will start tomorrow.

  • I knew I was in for a treat when I saw your teaser over at TWT! This is a great list. Gillis’s suggestion cracks me up.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Stacey. I was also was cracked up by Gillis’s comment. Laughter is a good way to start the day.

  • First, I think you should try hard to find a housekeeper. When I worked full time, I had one, & it was a blessing not to be denied. Second, I don’t think dogs will eat cornmeal, no matter how hungry they are. Third, I think your ‘limited’ writing time doesn’t matter. You write beautifully anyway! Fourth, if you cook, kids and husband do the rest, like clean-up. If you do the laundry, they put it away. If you vacuum, they dust. I.E. you don’t have to do it all. Thanks Margaret, for a late night laugh! And a commiseration too.

    • pamelahodges

      Good Morning Linda, thank you for your suggestions. I love the idea of hiring a housekeeper. I was fortunate our dog Martha likes cornmeal, she licked the floor. I will get my kids and husband to clean more, and I will write at every opportunity.

  • Jaana

    Don’t pay too much attention to your students. They just give you too many ideas for writing.

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, too many ideas for writing could be a problem. Time could be wasted trying to decide what to write. Thank you for your suggestion.

  • anita

    No this is a list I need to save and keep in my “offoce.

    • pamelahodges

      I am glad the list could be of some help to you.

  • gillis

    Wear adult diapers. Or use a catheter.

    • pamelahodges

      Gillis, thank you for your suggestion. I will wait for a sale on adult diapers. A catheter would be more difficult to impliment.

  • Stay away from Twitter and Facebook.
    Don’t look at sad puppy dog eyes
    Don’t buy your dog any toys. They only bring them to you and want to play

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Deb. I am going to add your suggestions to the list I am putting on the wall. I will stop buying our dog toys, and hide the ones she presently owns. She is asleep at my husbands feet now. Soon she will want her daily walk. Oh dear.

  • I dunno, don’t read Pamela Hodges because you won’t be able to stop LAUGHING long enough to write anything? Honestly, you think just like me but you’re a heck if a lot funnier. Yes I shave my legs every day and check my email, fb and twitter every give minutes. I can’t help it.

    • pamelahodges

      Kathleen you flatter me. I am happy my writing caused you to laugh. Laughter is suppose to make us live longer. At my age, I need to laugh for several hours a day. Do you live in a warm climate? You must wear skirts or shorts every day to keep the leg hair off daily.

  • Thank you for these tips! I have been struggling in the same way!

    Besides these handy tips I’d suggest hiring a house cleaner, chef, & laundry-er.

    My husband suggests having someone dictate for you while exercising. That way you get two things done at once.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you for your suggestions. I will have to wait to hire a house cleaner, chef and someone to do my laundry until I publish my memoirs. I can’t afford it now. I wish I could exercise and type at the same time. I like your husbands idea. I will teach my children to take shorthand as a home school project.

  • #14. Do not interact with other people in real life. They will only waste the valuable writing time. Why live life when you can just write life. 😉

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, a good idea. I can stop meeting my friends for coffee and just write about what happens when I stay home all day.