Our economy is based on scarcity, without a limited supply, demand doesn’t have an impact on price. When things are limited, they become precious. Whether it’s time to write, or the possibility of glimpsing something that will be gone soon, we see limits as desirable.
Scarcity of time, the fading beauty
One of my favorite places to visit is Venice. There are many reasons, but the main one is that you can see that it is not going to exist forever. It is fading and despite the missing plaster, the flooded steps and yes, the Aqua Alta, it is beautiful.
Compare that to a decaying area of any other town. There is no beauty there.
The scarcity of time, the precious moments
We all seem to face the challenge of finding time. Not enough time to spend with families, children growing up too fast, parents aging. No time to rest, no time to relax. This scarcity is not easy for anyone to deal with. What I’ve noticed is that a scarcity of time doesn’t stop the busy person. They have found a way to manage the same amount of time we all have into something more productive.
This scarcity is something that writers face all the time. Always trying to squeeze out the time to write, getting up early, going to bed late. Some of the best writing I do is squeezed into the odd moment here or there on one of my busy days. Why? Because I know that’s all I have. If I don’t write in those cracks in time, I don’t get to write.
When I have all day to write (okay, it does happen, rarely, but it does), I find that I putter around thinking I’ll get to it in a few minutes, when I’m finished this task, or after I run this errand. Scarcity makes me productive.
Making the most of your precious time
What tips do you have for people who want to make the most of their time, either by being more productive, or by finding time to do what they really want to do?
My number 1 tip is to hold myself accountable to a deadline. With my books, I think of my reader and set a deadline that gives them the next book in a series as soon as I can.