Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Balancing Act

All of you that said you needed a writing group in the comments yesterday need to get together! I think there were enough people to start one right there. Or go check out the Beta Readers, Mentors, and Writing Partners section at Absolute Write-- that's how we got started.

Now for today's post. Most of us don't write full time. We have a lot of other demands to deal with. So how do we balance writing with all of the other things you have to get done everyday?

I've been bad at prioritizing lately. I've been blogging too much, writing too little, cleaning too little, and gardening too little. My kids haven't gotten enough attention and my dog needs some frisbee time. (Basically I need to spend less time blogging--I get a little addicted and I love reading your blogs because you always have interesting things to say). The only thing I feel I'm doing well is watching television--which I don't do at all.

So for today, I will ask you: How do you schedule your time so that you can do everything you want/need to do everyday? I really need some ideas here, so comment away.

12 comments:

Marybeth Poppins said...

People schedule that stuff???? It tend to get about 10% of my daily goals accomplished...so I'm not the best person to hand out advice on this one!

MattDel said...

I luck out in that my full-time job allows me enough downtime during the day that I can get some writing done there.

Of course, I also work 25-30 hours a week at my local Sears part-time (I sell Lands End clothing), so that kills pretty much all my free time. Everything else (cleaning, etc.) gets shunted into the "when-I-have-free-time" category. Which hasn't worked out too well thus far. I'm working on it though!

Jessie Oliveros said...

Congratulations on getting an agent! And that is a very good question, and still one I am trying to find the answer to. While my son plays with his toys or watches shows, I can get in some blogging/writing time. I usually do most of my writing during the rare naptime or after he has gone to bed at night. I wish my house were cleaner. Luckily, I don't have a dog.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I allow myself 30 min in the morning for blogs and e-mail and to check in with my writer's group. Then...on my writing days (yes, I have writing days and "house" days) I'm not allowed to check on blogs or e-mail unless I get so much writing done.
If that's not incentive to write! LOL!

Heather Sunseri said...

I'm in the process of reprioritizing at the moment. I definitely spend too much time on other blogs, but I love the relationships I'm building so I don't think it's time wasted. Balance is definitely a challenge.

Beth said...

Ahh, the balance question! It is a daily battle for me. I've yet to master it, and something tells me I might NEVER master it! Our lives are constantly changing, so I think flexibility is key. If I take a little too much time blogging one day, then I try to limit it the next. If I neglect my laundry for too long, I use writing or blogging as my reward for getting it done! :)

Dawn VanderMeer said...

Like Jennifer, I give myself a schedule. I can't always stick to it, but I try. Even still, things slide. The whole house is never clean at once unless company is coming. Crit group no longer counts as company, by the way. ;)

Patti said...

I use my fondness for reading everyone's blog as a motivational tool. I say to myself I can't check my email or other blogs until I've written three pages or 1000 words. It actually works quite well. The kids and the housework are things I'm still working on.

Lazy Writer said...

I have to shut down my internet. It's the only way I write instead of blog. I also set little goals like: As soon as I unload the dishwasher, I can blog for ten minutes. Or after I write 300 words, I can blog for thirty minutes. You know what I mean? It does help with balancing things.

Jody Hedlund said...

I'm always struggling with the balancing act. Some days I'm busier than others, so I try to take advantage of the days when I have less going on to just spend time with my kiddos without the writing pressure.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I know I've let blogging take up too much time, but since I was new to it, I look at it as learning. And, boy, have I learned some things from fellow bloggers. The benefits have been great. I need to now set time constraints on it, though.

Corey Schwartz said...

I'm another one who spends way too much time blogging! I m terrible at prioritizing. NEVER manage to get to the gym. Spend every second on a story when I am in the midst of one, but as a picture book writer, I am usally "between' stories and have a very hard time getting myself started on a new one!