I've worked almost every weekend since starting my job at the hospital. I love it---the patients, my co-residents, our seniors---but it has been a challenge to keep up with other parts of my life.
With each new stage, I've realized I need to come up with different ways to make sure I write. I don't usually get a lunch break and get little free time during the day to read or write, so that means my time outside of the hospital is the only window available for writing.
Here are some things that have helped me so far:
1. Write for a short period of time.
Most days, I can only do 10-30 minutes of writing. I need to commit to that, even if it doesn't seem like much. The tiny pockets of time have a way of adding up.
2. Protect writing time.
Writing time should be shielded. That means anything else that comes up---a phone call, event, etc.----takes a back seat.
I've never really decided whether I'm a "plotter" or "panster" but I've found that plotting ahead of time helps me get straight to the writing. I can plot in my head, during my walk to work, and then simmer with the idea during the day.
Creativity will not flourish without sleep. I tend to spend the majority of my days off catching up on sleep and then writing in the evening.