1.) I hereby humbly offer this Petition for 36 Hour Days:
Since slowing the planet's rotation down is nigh impossible and likely disastrous, can we earthlings agree to modify our age-old custom of hours being 60 minutes? I suggest 40 minute hours. If we do this, then we will all then have 36 hours in each day. Of course, if we do, our average 8 hour work day will only last 5.33 of the hours as we know it now. We would have to recieve the same pay for this new time as we used to get for the old time, understanding that this means we must be more productive. (Stay focused!!!) However, I implore everyone to maintain the average 8 old hours of sleep we allow ourselves (yeah right) by allocating 12 of the new hours to maintain our usual amount of shut-eye time in slumberland. Additionally, to keep everyone aligned, it seems it would be easiest if we adopt a military time style for telling time. (Clockmakers and watchmakers of the world, prepare yourselves to make new products...)
This shift of time would allow more time for LIVING life...which, for writers is writing.
2.) Get out your cauldron, add water to half full, place over roaring fire outside in a location safe for a fire. When the water is bubbling good, add 1/4 cup of newt eyes, 3 warts off a toad's back, and about 2 cups of kitten toes, claws intact -- calico toes work best for this. When all the ingredients are in the cauldron chant for a quarter-hour: "Time, time come to me, at my disposal always be." Let the fire go out then bottle up your brew and drink it (over ice and with a sprig of mint) when you need more time.
JOKING! NEVER EVER take the eyes from a newt, the warts from a frog or the toes of a kitten. They need those things! And besides, the Three-Fold Law/Karma can be a bitch.
Seriously, unless you have a DeLorean, a Tardis,
or that nifty necklace thing Hermione had
that I cannot remember the name of and am
not currently inclined to google and find out,
time is going to be an issue YOU have to manage,
stealing those precious minutes where you can find them.
If you are a single person working only one full-time job--or perhaps someone who is incarcerated--you're probably not whining for more time. It's those of us working 1 or more jobs, working and going to school, those with kids/spouse/pets, those with yards and flowerbeds and/or gardens, those active in their communities teaching texting to the elderly, or those involved in Big Brother/Big Sister type stuff, who are going to have to schedule some time.
3.) Set some time aside for yourself--daily if at all possible--and follow through. This may mean losing one hour of sleep (AM or PM--don't bemoan this idea...I hear DiVinci slept only 15 minutes every 2 hours), or showering instead of luxuriating in the bath, or half-jogging as you push that mower around the yard. (Double points for this as it's cardio!) It may mean getting your ass off of facebook. It may mean sitting alone with a notebook you put in your lunchbox instead of propetuating office gossip. It may mean turning off the TV/cellphone/X-box--or in my case, Spider Solitaire.