Busy. We’re all busy. We feel guilty if we’re not busy, but we have to pace ourselves.
Now that I’m working full time, I’ve decided that I do want it all – work and writing. But I work late hours and only get one day at a time off (usually). So I have to give myself time to do all the other things I want to do when I can and in whatever increments I can handle at the time.
I read on the bus during my commute. I’ve tried writing on the bumpy bus, and it’s more bother than it’s worth with the typos.
Steve and I have given up on going to the grocery store on Sundays. We want to sleep in, eat breakfast, drink tea and coffee, and chill out. Since stores close at 4PM here on Sunday (even “24 Hour” stores aren’t legally allowed to be open late) we simply don’t have time to get the shopping done.
I’ve figured out that if I do the laundry right when I get home on Saturday night, I have a better chance of dry socks and work clothes by Monday morning. Before, I was trying to do that and shop and have family time all on Sunday. It just isn’t feasible.
So, I’ve adjusted my schedule. I tackle what I can each day.
We’re so worried about word count, but I really need to take the time to edit too . Now I know that the editing is the hardest, most time consuming process and I just can’t think about submitting to a publisher or Smashwords before I do some editing and rewriting bit by bit, when I can.
I have a list of things to do every night when I get home: eat dinner, take a shower, talk to my parents, visit with Steve, pack Steve’s lunch, and get into bed by 11PM at the latest. It doesn’t look like much as a short list, but everything needs time and with only 4-5 hours each night to get everything done, there’s a lot of other things I’d like to do, but I just can’t.
I started to believe that busy was productive, and the opposite of lazy. The “no excuses” opinion of the masses is that we should have time to do everything , every day. If I have errands, I can’t go to the gym. If I go to the gym, I can’t get errands or shopping done, plus get writing and editing done. There just aren’t that many hours in a day. Plus, if you run yourself ragged, you never have time to recuperate from the rushing around you do the rest of the week.
So, take your time, do what you can, do your best, and don’t let the world pressure you into being on half empty all the time.