Whether they have a job or not doesn't matter. This is a writing forum. The question asked in this thread is "what do you do to focus and start your writing day". What someone does in their day job, if they have one, is irrelevant to the reason people are supposedly here on this forum. This is for writers. It is for helping writers. It is not to provide emotional comfort to people who wish they could write but really don't have the interest in putting in the hard work to do it. It doesn't really matter if people want to be a professional, published writer or not. That has nothing to do with the actual craft of writing. It doeesn't matter if you're Stephen King who puts down 2000 words a day, every day, 365 days a year, or someone who can squeeze in a half hour of writing once or twice a week. That doesn't change the fact that writing is a hard activity to engage in. You don't get to be a writer if you don't actually write anything. It seems a little silly to me to watch people go "I'm not a professional writer, therefore I don't have to actually do anything to be considered a writer, I just want to pretend." Sure, okay, if that floats your boat, but nobody else has to play along. And telling people they are writers who don't write isn't doing them any favors. It doesn't help anyone. It doesn't help them to be better writers, it's just lying to them. Nothing I've said is at all wrong. It might not make people feel good, but feeling good doesn't get anyone anywhere. If people want to be better writers, this is the advice there is. Knuckle down, dedicate yourself, motivate yourself and put your butt in that chair and put words on the page. That's what being a writer is. The more often you do that, the more consistently you do that, the better you'll get at it. There are no shortcuts. There is no easy way out. Nobody else is going to force you to do it. Writing is, by its very nature, an individualistic, lonely exercise. You either want to do it or you don't. It is a job like any other, even if you don't get paid for it. You don't get days off because you don't feel like it or you're not inspired. You can't just tell your boss "I'm just not feeling it today" and expect to remain employed. But in this case, your boss is you. You have to hold yourself accountable for doing the job and if you can't, or you refuse to, then you're not really doing the job, are you? If people want to just mess around at writing, fine. It's their life, they can do what they want. But if they're serious about it, there is no substitute for dedication. Telling yourself otherwise is a lie. It just is.