What I've given up to make time to write...
Housework was the first to go. Sorry, childlings but everyone has to put their part here. I give myself a chore schedule one day during the weekend to deep clean and one hour, or less, a day to do something. Pick something and once the hour is up, that's it.
Television...I used to be such a couch potato as a kid that I'm surprised this one doesn't affect me much. I don't watch television and when I do it has to be something great.
Videogames...Kids tried to get be addicted to this one, didn't work. Can't seem to use both thumbs simultaneously.
Music...not completely, but in my car. I use the time to brainstorm into a recorder or listen to audio books.
My schedule, for the most part:
7am - 8am I get up an hour before I have to get ready for work to do the social marketing thing. I've limited myself to blogging and twitter until more time allows.
8am - 9am The morning drive to work I either listen to an audio book or brainstorm connections in plot points and characters from my writing the night before.
9:00am - 5:00pm Work is iffy to get anything done, so I don't include that in my writing agenda. If I write during that time great, if not then no harm done.
6:00pm-8:30pm, Family time. I take my daughter for walks = exercise for me. She can run fast! I go over day with kids, cook, clean etc.
8:30pm 12:30pm, I Write 3 - 4 hours during the evening and let my mind simmer with the scene as I sleep.
Then repeat the next day.
Butt in chair = writing - internet. Cut yourself off from the cyberworld. It is the only way to get anything done.
I've incorporated my writing as I would a part-time job. Meaning I have to be held accountable to write.
It helps to have short assignment goals. During the first draft I write until my mind draws a blank. During revisions I go back and like to work chapter to chapter.
Do I hit myself upside the head if this doesn't happen. NO. The purpose is not to feel bad for not doing what you know you must, it's about being aware that you must do it.
And remember there is an end in the midst. After finishing up a story, take a nice vacation from writing before leaping back in.
What does your schedule look like?