Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blog Chain - Priorities

I've got a stack of boxes and a roll of bubble tape ready and waiting :D But am very thankful for the opportunity to procrasinate packing a little longer in order to do this round's blog chain. And it is such a great topic for my life right now :)

The awesome Amanda would like to know:

How do you prioritize? How do you balance paying attention to your writing, critiquing for friends, spending time with your family and earning a living?

Well, to be honest, sometimes I don't - the balance goes out the window and everything is a huge mess (like now). :D

But mostly, my priorities are simple - family first, everything else next, sleep - last.

I do try to schedule my time so I can make the most of what spare time I have. I am lucky enough that I don't work on top of being a mom. Frankly, I have no flippin' clue how people who have families and work full time do it. 

For the most part, I try to write when my kids are in school or asleep and my husband is at work or asleep (or veging out in front of the tv or otherwise occupied). Sometimes I attempt to do it all at once. I'll bring the kids downstairs (where most of their toys, the tv and the Wii are) and try to write while keeping an eye on them. I generally critique during the same quiet moments, or I'll print pages out and read while I eat or cook or keep an eye on the kids

This is also where writing by hand comes in handy (I'd use a laptop if I had one - it's on my list. I've been a good girl this year so hopefully Santa will be nice) :D For some reason, it doesn't bother my kids to see me sitting on the couch scribbling away. They ignore me and go on about their business. If I'm on the computer, no such luck. Suddenly their lives are in chaos and I'm the only one who can fix it.

One thing that has me very excited about our impending move is that kindergarten in PA is all day (it's half day in Utah). Which means, come September, both of my little ones will be in school all day :D Part of me is sad about that, which was a huge surprise. But the rest of me envisions long, quiet days...just me and my computer...the printer spitting out novel after novel after novel *happy sigh*

Yes, I know things aren't going to turn out quite so perfect :) But it will be nice to have a solid couple hours in a row to write instead of snatching moments here and there wherever I can :)

In any case, sorry about the huge long ramble to a very simple question :) I think, bottom line, if you want to do something badly enough, you'll find the time, find a way. You might have to sacrifice things like hygiene and sleep, but hey, it's worth it. Right?

:D  Be sure to stop by Sarah's blog and see what she had to say, and check out Shaun's repsonse tomorrow!!


christine said...

Yep - your life hs definitely been busy of late! Good luck on the move.

Paul Greci said...

Good luck with your move!

L.T. Elliot said...

I hear you about the balance, thing. Sometimes it all goes out the window. For me, I love that half hour waiting to pick up kids from school because it's ideal writing time. No distractions, no company--just silence. (Unless I turn on the radio.) It's strange that a half hour can be so productive.

Eric said...

Sounds like you've got it all figured out :)

Oh, and don't ask me how I manage to write and work and spend time with my family. Sometimes I don't do it all, and one thing or another suffers. I'm almost worried though about a time when I am "only" a writer, instead of all the other things I'm doing right now. Will I be able to stay focused? Who knows.

Good luck on the move and take care.

Sandra said...

As a working mom, I'm lucky to have a husband who does his share of the chores and looking after our son. Even so, sometimes my day job is easier than "the night shift." And I do envy your ability to get long stretches of writing done. I need a certain amount of time to warm up, and my lunch hour isn't long enough for me to get much done.

Shaun Hutchinson said...

I love the line about how if you want something bad enough, you'll find the time. Great post. Good luck on the move!

B.J. Anderson said...

Good luck with the move! And I totally agree that if you want something bad enough, you'll find the time. Good luck with the move!

Mandy said...

Good luck with the move Michelle! I use school/work time to the fullest as well. Once everyone's home for the day, my computer time goes out the window. Laptop or not, the only time I get evening "face" time with my computer is when the guys buy a new video game! ;)

Sarah Bromley said...

Sorry I am late to comment. I'm another one who will put sleep at the bottom of my priority list. Probably not the healthiest thing to do, but I can't seem to negotiate more hours into the day.