You may have already heard me whinge about not having enough time and feeling stressed. Those two are still my old arch-enemies, but now I have a third: tiredness.
I don't like to moan on - after all, negativity breeds negativity and non-productivity - BUT
|I want to be them!|
So... I have a plan. I don't know if I will always find it easy to stick to the plan, but here it is:
Week 1: (husband on late shift and at work til 9) Write as much as time allows between the hours of approx 4.30pm and 8.30pm - with a break for cooking something quick and easy, and a few breaks for talking to teenage daughter who tends to sit with me some of the time when she's in.
Week 2: (husband on early shift and very present in the house when I get in from work, tends to forget and talks to me even if I'm writing) Catch up with my reading material, do planning, do a bit of housey-stuff, do a little bit of writing, but maximum an hour at a time and not every day. The idea is to concentrate mainly on catching up with essential reading before I disappear under a pile of magazines.
Weekends: Free-for-all! If others are busy, I'll write. If my presence is required, I won't. Flexible is the word!
Obviously, there are flaws because - as we all know - sometimes I will HAVE to write when it's a reading week, but I aim to try and get into a routine that will stop me from getting flustered and feeling as though I have too much to get through. I suppose I could just say I'll try and write for one hour a day whichever 'week' it is - and that might work - but I've tried it before and an hour's gone by before I know it!
I think I have to acknowledge the fact that I will have more time on my hands when my daughter goes off to university in a couple of years, but for now I definitely need a plan! If only I could give up work and be a full-time writer!