I recently attended a Franklin Covey 7-Habits workshop, and one of the things that is emphasized is to put first things first, i.e. do what is important and most in line with your mission, roles, and goals. I find this a very good habit, however, I've noticed something about myself that is . . . interesting.
Writing for me is a personal thing. Because it's fun, it feels frivolous - a hobby, a game, an interesting pastime. Writing means I am ignoring my family/friends/cat. And subconsciously, this means it is Unimportant. Coupled with this subconscious downplaying are the hundred other things I should be doing. Some of the shoulds are important: exercise, feeding myself, interacting with others, the Day Job. Some of them aren't, like finding new restaurants & redecorating the house. The end result is that I get less writing done than I'd like, a lot of the time.
I do believe that my writing is important. It is very much a part of my personal mission and goals. Spending time writing is not frivolous or wasteful. But I still struggle with keeping it at the top of my priorities list.
How do you strike a balance with all of your shoulds? What techniques do you employ to ensure that you reach your goals, both with your writing and in the rest of your life?