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The Time Finder is Chris Baty's answer to one frequently asked question by Wrimos.

I'm so busy. How on earth am I going to find time to do NaNoWriMo? -Busy Wrimos all over the world

Almost everyone has something to do in November, and the Time Finder is designed for those who don't know what parts of their lives are most obvious to cut in November. Introduced in No Plot? No Problem!, the Time Finder is designed to give Wrimos a better picture of their everyday lives, from the times they're actually working to the three hours a day they spend on the NaNoWriMo forums. Necessary items for the Time Finder involve writing utensils in three different colors, paper, and a few days of your life to document. The more days that you're documenting, the better; ideally, you will activate the Time Finder over the course of an entire week.

How to use the Time Finder

  1. Live your day as usual.
  2. Each day before you go to bed, write down your daily activities and the amount of time spent on each. The more specific, the better.
  3. Have a treat and go to bed. Including sleep in the Time Finder is optional, as sleep is to be hoarded in November.
  4. At the end of your Time Finder period, get out your writing utensils and go to town.
  5. Choose one color to mark all activities that you must do or risk unemployment, homelessness, failing of classes, or mental breakdowns. Red is a good color. Example activities: working, going to class, studying, traveling to and from work or school, hygiene, paying bills, and eating.
  6. Choose another color to mark all activities that are highly desirable to you but would pain you to give up for an entire month. Example activities: socializing with friends, professional events, religious services, and exercising.
  7. Use your third color to mark all nonessential items: the things you could give up for a month without missing anything major. Example activities: Internet surfing, the NaNoWriMo forums, sitting around deciding what to do next, and TV.
  8. Examine the time spent on your nonessential items. If you have around two hours or so a day in that color, you're ready to go. Most people do. If you spend less than two hours a day on nonessential items, then begin examining the other areas of your life for sneaky ways to write your novel.