- Don't sleep in: I don't know if this is a writer thing or a Sumayyah thing but I love to sleep in. Friday nights I used to stay up late, and Saturday mornings I used to sleep in until someone thinks I've died. I've since tried to cut that habit. I stumble out of bed, make coffee and use those few extra hours that I was going to be sleeping throw to bang out some words.
- Make enough dinner for two nights: This might seem silly, but in the past year it's saved me a ton of time. Instead of having to make lunch the next day, I just stuff it into tupper ware, put it in my bag, and save both time and money. It frees up 45 minutes the next afternoon or night that you can use to write - whether it's a paper on Chaucer or a few pages for your WIP.
- Make a schedule: This might seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how much it can help. A mountain of work can be worked down into a mole hill even with a very flimsy 'do these things at some time' sort of list. Whether you're a Monica Gellar sort of person, who needs color coding, and works in bathroom breaks or someone who scribbles in 'write for 2 hours at some point' - attempting to break down your day will make everything more doable.
- Know how to say 'no': Whether this is to yourself or to others, saying no has saved me a lot of time. Whether it's to your urge to write or to that dinner invitation, prioritizing what is important to you and your schedule is really important. On the other hand, know when to say 'yes'. We all need a break from the to do lists, the schedules, and yes, even the writing. Knowing when enough is enough and when you need a break is important to keeping yourself sane and your mind functioning.
- Relax! This is the most important! We make mistakes, we run out of time, and we can't do everything. And you should be okay with that. A constantly stressed mind will over heat and explode - and then it's useless. So be unafraid to close your manuscript, put away your text books, and just drink tea or enjoy an evening out with friends.