Stellar Guest Post – Timothy Trimble on How Prioritising Helped Him Find Time to Write

I am very pleased to introduce you to Timothy Trimble today, an author I have stalked on social media for some time now. I have always admired the commitment he brings to his writing whilst successfully juggling a very full life. Here, Timothy provides some tips on following your dreams, even if you think you don’t have time.
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How Does He Do It?

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Night Writer

I’m a night writer! It doesn’t mean I write only at night. It means I squeeze in my writing whenever I can. Actually, most of my writing happens in the early morning. Most aspiring writers start this way. They work full time jobs and find whatever time possible to squeeze in the writing. This takes dedication, commitment, focus, and sacrifice.

I have a demanding, full time job, a very loving and forgiving wife, friends and family currently living with me, and I contribute 10 to 15 hours a week in community volunteer work. How can someone with such a demanding schedule and commitments manage to write, publish, and market a full length novel, and continue to write short stories as well?

Well, there are a lot of things that go into my mind set and scheduling for accomplishing this. I really don’t have the time and space for covering all the details here, but I will cover a few key items which can help anyone reach the same goals.

Circle of Concern Versus Circle of Influence
A long, long, time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, my employer sent me to a week long management training course. The course was based on The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. One of the first things that stuck with me from that course was how much time we spend in our Circle of Concern instead of in our Circle of Influence. The Circle of Concern encompanses the things we are concerned with. It could be the weather, reading or listening to the news, watching our favorite sports program, playing computer games, or binge watching every single season of the IT Crowd on Netflix. All of these are fun, entertaining, or educational. However, we have entirely no influence over any of these. We can’t change the outcome.

I used to watch American Football every season. I recently did a calculation of how much time it took me to watch one game a week, several games a week during playoffs, planing and hosting a Superbowl party once a year, and the amount of time spent talking about the games with my friends and co-workers. This amounted to over 100 hours a year. Wow! During that time, aside from the enjoyment, I didn’t accomplish anything – nothing, zilch!

During the past year, I didn’t watch a single football game or F1 race – two of my favorite sports. I figured out that I gained around 140 hours of extra time, which I was able to spend writing, publishing, and marketing my writing. That’s a significant amount of time! Instead of spending my time doing things that were of concern, I adjusted my focus toward things I actually had control over – my Circle of Influence. Did I miss the football and F1? Actually, not really. I still check on the progress of Valtteri Bottas in the F1 rankings, but that’s about it.

Setting Priorities
Another one of the exercises I went through in the management course was identifying the things most important to me. I was given a stack of index cards and on each card I was to write down something important to me. Faith, family, friends, work, health, music, computers, writing, movies, reading, airplanes, hiking, rock climbing, programming, science, etc. (Not in any specific order.) I ended up with a stack of over 20 index cards.

I then had to step through each card and end up with only five cards. The others I had to rip in half. It was a very painful process. Especially when I got down to six cards. They were Faith, Family, Friends, Health, Music, and Writing. Final answer? Writing won out over music. The ability to tell stories was more important to me than playing guitar and singing songs. It was at that moment I realized I was truly a writer before being a musician. It also highlighted to me where most of my focus should be. Now, I will say, for many years I continued down the musician path while still writing. But in the end, it was the writing of stories which has won out.

There are many other things I do which helps me to be efficient and focused on accomplishing as much as I do, but I’m sure Nicola doesn’t want to publish a 30,000 word blog post. Thank you for reading and hopefully these two things will help you to find the time to be a “Night Writer.”
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Timothy Trimble is a YA Sci-fi/Fantasy author of multiple books and short stories. His latest novel, “Air Born – Do You Dream of Flying” is rated as five stars and can be found on Amazon for Kindle and in Print, or can be ordered from your local book store.

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He offers his short stories for free via OMNI Media at: https://omni.media/author/timothy-trimble

He can be followed, found, and contacted at:

Facebook: AuthorTimothyTrimble
Twitter: @TimothyTrimble
Web: www.TimothyTrimble.com
Instagram: TimothyTrimble

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About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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9 Responses to Stellar Guest Post – Timothy Trimble on How Prioritising Helped Him Find Time to Write

  1. ladycee says:

    Hello Tim
    Thank you so much for the valuable tips shared in your guest post. It has reminded me of my decision some time back to stop wasting valuable time watching TV and use the time to write. Difficult sometimes to spend all day on the computer and then continue all evening. The circle of concern v circle of influence I found to be most useful. Thank you for sharing. Appreciated.

    And my thanks to you too Nicola for opening up this opportunity and for introducing us to Tim.

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  2. I also have a full-time job and dont always find it easy to find the time to write. I have a cleaner which frees up time for writing. However, on those rare occasions when I am present during her housework duties, I must confess to feeling a little guilty that she is cleaning, ironing etc while I’m writing! Thanks for the tips.

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  3. Nicola, thank you for the opportunity to express my approach to finding time to write. I feel much better knowing I’ve contributed to the disarray of your abode. 😉 I recently had a reader express that her husband was going to starve due to not being able to put my book down. Nice to know how I’ve been able to distract so throughly. Thanks again for the posting and wish you much success with your writing and blogging.

    Tim

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    • Hi Tim,

      Your method for creating time in your schedule to write is inspiring, I think many people will be throwing out their time leeches as a result.

      Thank you for your guest appearance, I look forward to Air Born book 2.

      Right, back to my slothful ways!

      Nicola x

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  4. Davy D says:

    Really enjoyed reading this, so thank you both. The piece about circle of concern v circle of influence makes a great difference for writers who are really determined to follow their passion. I have taken away a lot to think about from this post.

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    • Thank you for reading Davy, I too took a lot from Tim’s post. It’s been scheduled for weeks, I was dying for you all to read it. I’m so impatient!

      I too found the processes detailed in circle of concern v circle of influence enlightening. I have carried it out (in a fashion) and decided that I am no longer going to do the grocery shopping or clean the house!

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