Organize And Plan - How To Find Time To Write As A Stay At Home Writer With A Family
Sometimes, writing can be a very solitary task and is often an activity that requires concentration, quiet and absolute commitment. With all that being said, is it possible to balance your writing career and family life without turning yourself into a workaholic?
Yes! It is totally possible. I am a living example of this and I will tell you what my secret to a successful writing career is. The secret is called, "Time Planning." This is one of the most important steps for the aspiring writer's success. Without it, nothing can be achieved.
So, knowing all this, how can you create a great and achievable time plan? Simply make a rough plan of the time allowed for your writing project daily. It is highly important for the writer to know exactly when he/she is going to settle down to write. It is necessary for a writer to feel, free of other responsibilities so that he/she can concentrate on the work at hand.
I have made a simple schedule time plan I usually follow. I encourage you to create your own schedule according to your personal needs, your family's needs and your professional needs. I usually wake up at 6am, shower and prep myself before going to prepare breakfast for my family. By 7am, we are having breakfast.
After breakfast is done, I clear the breakfast utensils and by 8am after the rest of the family has gone off to accomplish their own tasks, I'm sitting on my computer to start my writing tasks. I usually write for 3 hours and by 11am I start doing the rest of the house chores like laundry, cleaning and starting lunch etc.
Lunch is ready by 1pm and I will serve the family members present and store the rest of the food for the members who are not yet home. I'm usually done with lunch related tasks by 2pm, finding myself back at my work station where I'm able to work for another 3 hours until 5pm. I try to do my easiest tasks during the evening (That is the time slot from 2pm to 5pm). Tasks like layout planning for new stories and articles is usually done around this time.
I put pen to paper and I don't bother if I make mistakes. Next morning, there is plenty of time to revise the pieces and improve them. If this plan has been working perfectly for me, why shouldn't it work for you as well. You only have to calculate when and how long you need to write every day. Of course , you must stick to your plan and never give it up, except during emergencies. Remember that your work is also urgent, so please try not to skip it.
If you respect your writing job, other people will too. What is more, they won't feel neglected as you will give them your care and attention during your free time. Furthermore, your house chores will be done in time and you won't feel overworked.
Many a time I used to end up with half burned meals and I felt extremely stressed trying to catch up with all the house chores. So, telling yourself to do it later, is not the solution. Later will come in no time and you will find yourself in a very difficult situation.
Yet, no one will believe your excuses as you have been at home most of the time, and this may cause you to feel inefficient for no reason at all! "A little every day" is my motto, and, in the long run, everything is done and everybody is happy.
Keeping your writing and family under control will make you feel satisfied and everyone, including you, will be happy. Also, keep in mind that there is nothing odd if you work in unconventional places. I sometimes find it stimulating to work in the living room with all the family around. Noise does not bother me. On the contrary, it brings me more ideas.
This article was outlined last evening while my family was watching a comedy show as I sat with them. I did not watch most of the show but I did sit in the living room with them as I worked. I can perfectly work in a chatty setting. Have you tried it? You may come up with fresh ideas and great articles.
Finally, who says that writing should turn you into a lifeless being? Shatter the myth! It's up to you to enjoy both your family and your writing career. Simply make a time plan!