Have you ever had a time in your life you’re so busy you don’t feel like you have time to work? I work from home, so this can easily happen to me, but I’m usually pretty good at keeping outside commitments to a minimum. Not true at the end of the school year. I have two children so I have times two the commitments.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m incredibly grateful to have two healthy children who do keep me busy, but these last few weeks are about to kill me! I’ve been trying to edit two books in two different genres and start planning the next book that needs to be written. This would be enough to juggle for most writers, but I’ve also had to go to track meets, baseball playoffs, soccer games, six end-of-the-year parties, and swimming lessons. That’s just where I’m expected to be for my kids. I have other commitments for my husband, but I think you get the point.
So how do I write when I’m so busy? It’s funny to me how often I get this question from friends, family and strangers. Here’s a few tricks I’ve picked up on the way.
Carpool line – I arrive 20 minutes early and whip out pen and paper.
Very early in the morning – Just like right now writing this blog!!!
Late at night – My husband super loves this one. Not!
In the basement during kid’s free time – If you don’t have a basement that locks I suggest you build one ASAP. In all seriousness, just find a quiet place during the day and give yourself one hour. I call that my children’s free time. They get one hour of mom approved fun that has to be done inside, so I don’t have to worry about what my youngest is doing outside. Now this is assuming I have that hour during the day, and lately that hour has been hard to find, so it’s been twenty minute snatches here and there.
Cut out things that you usually do and replace those things with writing. –
I haven’t made a huge grocery run in two weeks because I needed the extra writing time. However, this is ending today. My husband asked me last night if I was ever going to the grocery store again. Oh, how I wished I could have said no!
There are other things that can be cut back or minimized like time on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. I know for some of you that’s like asking a baby to give up milk, but you can do it!
You can also cut out television. Gasp! I only have one show I’m watching right now, so that’s been really easy for me, but I never watch much television anyway. Sometimes, I think I’m the only person on this planet that doesn't watch reality television.
How do you make time to write or do whatever it is that you do for a living when times are very busy?
Have a great day!