Are there ever enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs to be done?
I'd have to answer that question with a resounding no. No matter how long, hard, or fast I work, there always seems to be something left over to finish the next day. Or the day after that.
I have piles of things around the house that need to be attended to. I have to do my 2011 taxes. I have to design an ad for a brochure for an upcoming writer's conference. I have to grade papers. I have to write and submit minutes from a meeting last week. I have to create a trivia game for an upcoming event. I could go on, but I won't.
All of that doesn't include the day-to-day responsibilities of a wife, homeowner, and a full-time job.
So out of that mess of a list, what do I make a priority?
I'd love to say my writing, but unfortunately, that seems to be the thing that is always put off until I have more time (ha ha). All of those others things have a definite timeline and deadline for being accomplished. And I'm not one of those people who can get by on very little sleep. I need my sleep. Lots of it.
I have an entire mss that needs to be revised and rewritten. I have a mss I need to polish up for a pitch in April. And I have an idea spinning for another story.
I have zero time to work on any of this.
If you don't have the luxury of being a full-time writer, how do you make it a priority? What things do you let go by the wayside to get some writing done? I for one am at a loss because everything else on my list seems to be a much bigger priority, with consequences imposed if I don't finish.
Plus, I haven't worked out in ages and it's starting to show.
Obviously I'm spreading myself too thin. I need to figure out what I'm willing to give up. It can't be anything related to my job...I kind of need that. Trouble is, those other things I get myself into, I do enjoy. I just wish I could find a better way to balance and prioritize so I have time for everything.
Until next time,