I have three kids, ages 6, 2 1/2 and 6 months. My writing goals are to have my butt in the chair writing at least six hours a week. (not including blogging, reading other books, or other writing-related activities.) When people find these things out about me they kind of look at me funny and say, “Where do you find the time to do that?” “I’m a lazy housewife,” I respond. What can you say to that?
Actually the commitment to being a writer takes sacrifice in a lot of areas. I have consciously decided the things I am willing to give up and those I am not. It’s a balance. As much as I would like to devote eight hours a day to my writing I have other commitments. People I love that need food and care, responsibilities that I willingly took on. Admittedly I’m not a perfect housekeeper. I have clutter, projects that I’ve put on the back burner. My bed isn’t made. My organizationally inclined husband is forever practicing patience and I am forever trying to be better about it.
Here are a few things I do (or do not do) in order to keep me on track with writing goals.
- I watch ONE TV show a week. The Office. That’s all folks.
- I do not fold my kids laundry. They mess it up anyway, just toss it in the drawer
- Dishes stack up in my sink. Wash late at night when brain is not working anyway
- Get up at 5am
- Nap time is sacred writing time. Block everything else out.
- I live in a small condo. Less to clean. No yard to take care of.