Find Time to Write in Unusual Places, and Don't Despair!

by Elizabeth Elwell-Cook
(Sydney, NSW Australia)

When I started to write my property investing web site ( I was a new mum with a 10-month-old, holding a full-time job a fair way from home, and the major breadwinner in the household.

It was really hard to find time away from work to get my writing done and still have that precious time with my family at home, so I had to look for somewhere I could be "alone" and write for a set amount of time each day.

After all, it was my plan to earn enough from my writing to be able to leave my hated job and take care of my family.

What finally worked

It turned out that having a laptop (even a cheap-o, second-hand one off eBay, or given by a friend who upgraded) was the biggest godsend to my sanity, my business and my time-management ever!

I would sit on the train every morning and evening, an hour-and-a-quarter each way, and I would type.

How I did it

If I had a chance, I would line up the subjects of my next articles before I left the house (and open some web pages in my browser to refer to on the way if needed), write about them, file them, and then either line up the next lot in my lunch break on the wireless connection at work, or actually upload a page I'd written.

Suddenly I was productive!

One thing which would help more is having a mobile internet connection to use on the train, but you can get by for a couple of years or so without one if you have to, and you'll get such a lot done!

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