August 29, 2013 by Jen Cudmore
Sometimes people ask me where I find the time to write. The answer isn’t that complicated. I make time.
This has been one of those months where I’m struggling to keep up with my commitments. Between my day job, my family, prepping for a new school year, planning blogs, managing social media, attending writers meetings, visiting sick friends and family I haven’t seen in years, and more (insert a huge breath here) I’m barely finding time to work on my writing projects.
Here are some tips I use to manage my time as a wife, mother, and author:
1) Set a daily/weekly routine. Scheduling makes life work much easier for me. I look over my calender and plan ahead where I’ll fit writing/social media in between my family and work commitments. Family and friends can support you if they know your routine.
2) Plan time to write. Set aside a block of time daily, weekly, and monthly – whatever best suits your lifestyle. I know authors who spend one hour every day at the computer. I need at least 2 hours at a time to keep my brain engaged. I prefer to take a few days a week with about 3-4 hour chunks of time. Figure out what works for you. It’s easy to let distractions pull you away, so protect that plan – don’t allow anything else to interfere.
3) Cut back on other items. Part of striving for a goal is making sacrifices. My evening habits have changed over the years as I learned to survive on less and less sleep. My family used to have friends and family over once a week. Now it’s more like every other month. I don’t go out as often to other functions, I don’t cook very many nice meals and I don’t clean my house as often as I would prefer. My family does help pick up duties here and there, but something has to go.
4) Accept that it’ll be hard. At times I do get whiny. Sorry, but I’m human! I knew going in that I would be a little tired – okay, a lot tired – and that it would be hard to juggle my day job, family, and writing all while surviving on a couple hours of sleep. The important part is that we forge ahead to meet the goal.
I’ve been a bit exhausted lately. I haven’t slept much and I’m behind on my housework. But thankfully life isn’t always this busy. These tips have helped me keep my sanity!