Everyone complains about not having enough time. I used to do it too, until I realized I wasted large portions of my day. I vowed to utilize my time wisely from thence forth. This didn’t solve my problems.
When I tried to motivate myself to do something useful with my time, I discovered my problem had nothing to do with the hours of the day. It had everything to do with my energy. When I get home from my full-time job, all I want to do is sit and not think for the rest of the day.
Getting enough sleep helped, but I found the biggest cause of my energy problem was habit. My body was used to exerting a certain amount of mental and physical effort for X hours in the day, and bodies kick and scream if you try to get them to do something they aren't used to.
I found I had another problem we usually blame on time: focus.
If I had the time and the energy, there are a million things I would to do. I once told myself, “I’m going to write one hour a day. It’s important to me and I’m going to make it a priority.” Then I decided to clean half an hour a day. I thought, "That'll be easy. It's only half an hour." Then I decided to exercise 15 minutes a day, and to try and cook dinner at least every other day, and read my scriptures 10 minutes every night, and start a blog, and…. What was my original goal again?
It’s not too hard to find the time to write everyday. It’s possible to find the energy. How do you find the focus?
I couldn't find anything else for "focus"
I struggled with this for years, which is the biggest reason Sacred Fire took me so long to write. I broke free of my cycle when I participated in NaNoWriMo. Now, I feel pretty focused, though I still struggle with energy.
Everyone has their own battles, their own motivations, and their own solutions. We are not victims to the 24-hours-in-a-day tragedy. We can do anything with the right focus and energy.