Wednesday, 2 May 2012


First Wed of Every Month   Phew!  After all the fun of the A to Z Challenge I'm feeling befriended and not too insecure at all, thanks to exchanging so many positive vibes, but something is still bugging me!

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!
I am so tired!  I have too much to do around the home when I get in from work, let alone keeping up with all my reading and writing.

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!


Annalisa Crawford said...

Your plan sounds great. I wish I had a plan. I almost attempted to work out a blog schedule, but I can't even organise myself to do that!

And, as you pointed out, the best plans allow for flexibility.

A-Z made a lot of us think more clearly!

Rhonda Parrish said...

Even being a full-time writer comes with all sorts of distractions, responsibilities and things that can really cut into your productivity. Or, well, they cut into mine anyway LOL

It seems like you have a sound plan for making time to write though, and I wish you the best of luck with it.

~ Rhonda Parrish

Allison said...

I would love to be a full time writer too! And I hear you on the tiredness... it is hard to find that energy to write at the end of the day. Good luck with your plan!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Gossip_Grl said...

Sounds like a great plan. Everyone needs time to unwind and de-stress.