When I wrote my first book in 2007, I had no structure whatsoever in my writing schedule (if there was ever a schedule at all.) I learned very quickly that the only way I could make something from nothing, to weave together an array of ideas and form something as large as a book, was to set up a framework on which to build. That framework was constructed of time - the time I spent working versus the time I spent looking for time to work.
First, to escape the distractions of home, I made "appointments" with myself to go to a local coffee shop and write three nights a week. When I needed to pick up the pace, and working away from home five to seven nights each week just wouldn't work for the family, I began getting up an hour earlier in the mornings and made writing my first task of the day. Believe me, early rising was painful at first, but I managed to see my goal of a finished book as a higher priority than an extra hour of sleep.
In less than a month of working with that schedule, a funny thing happened - the writing just came to me. Because of a routine, creativity wasn't a struggle. I didn't have to squeeze it out, like blood from a stone, the way I did when I would try and write "when I had the time." I had developed a habit. I sat in my chair, flipped to a blank page, and I wrote. Three years and three books later, the same framework delivers every time.
Doing something every day is the simplest way to develop a positive habit that can propel you towards your creative goal. If you're an artist, draw or paint something small each day. If you're a knitter, stitch up a wee something every night after work. A writer? I bet you can guess - write something, even if it's just a paragraph, each day whether you feel like it or not.
I guarantee that in a few short weeks, whatever action you choose will become a painless part of your routine and you will feel great because of it!