Not necessarily in this order, but I do try!
I have read that a lot of authors get up before the sun rises. I have to admit, I’m selfish. I have to sleep until 5:45.
At 5:45 I stumble out of bed and pour my coffee. My teen and I grumble at eachother and head toward our separate bathrooms to shower. (I have a tankless water heater, so we both can shower at the same time without running out of hot water. The best money I have spent!) We meet back in the kitchen, refill of coffee for me, say good morning and I get a quick hug.
6:30 I wake up my husband. He is not a morning person, either!
Now my time gets scattered – A lot of mornings my husband catches a ride to work with a friend. I also need to keep an ear out for when my teen is ready to leave for school. (I cheat, the water heater is next to my bedroom so I can hear when he’s done brushing his teeth, then I give him about 10 minutes before he leaves.)
This is the 10 minutes I have to throw on my makeup and get dressed.
I give my teen a hug and a peck on the neck (I’m no longer allowed to give him a kiss on the cheek, because “Aw, Mom, I’m way too old for that!”) I wish him a great day then throw together breakfast and lunch for my husband.
My husbands friend arrives and they leave for work.
I take a quick breath then get on the computer to check my email, while putting on my shoes to take the dog out for a walk. Our dog, of course, is whining underfoot, because she’s ready to go. She does this every morning.
I have a 85 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, lion hunter! We have some great trails around here to walk on, or hike. When we’re walking and she’s leashed I hope, hope, hope we don’t see any bunny rabbits. She loves chasing them! Needless to say, I have one really strong arm from holding her back. We see at least 2 when she’s leashed and very rarely see them when we’re out hiking-go figure! Our walks/ hikes take 45 to 60 minutes. We’re both ready for nap when we get home.
I am very lucky. I only work part time right now.
On the days I have to go to work, the most I get done at home is checking my email.
On the days I get to work from home I need to get housecleaning, errands, yard work… shoved into my schedule. Then comes reading all of the awesome blogs and articles I need to; especially about what it takes to be an indie author, writing, self-promotion, marketing, etc. I do this in spurts, in between everything else I’m trying to accomplish.
Thank You all for the much needed information!
I try to keep my reading other blogs and checking email to a 2 hour minimum every day, but I will look at the clock and realize my time has been up for a while. And then there’s social media. The more groups I join the more time I spend in those groups. I know this is a good thing, but at the same time I have rotten time management skills when I’m working from home.
Finally I get to write! Once I start writing I really lose track of time. I need a timer that screams at me to start dinner, but I can’t just stop in the middle of a paragraph either, or I’ll lose that scene!
Thank Goodness my teen gets home around 4:00 to remind me that he is starving, which is always. If he doesn’t come home at that time I forget to make dinner.
Unfortunately, I don’t get to write as often as I would like because time slips away from me very easily.
After I get everyone fed it’s family time or reading time, depending on the night. Most nights, if I can make it to bed by 9:30 or 10:00, I’m happy. This is the time the scene’s for my books come to life. I keep a notebook by my bed every night so I can shake myself awake and write these ideas down!
I have tried to put myself on some kind of schedule, ha, ha, but for the life of me I can’t seem to get there!
Lilach Bullock sent me a link the other day for time management. Thank You Lilach! Here is her link: http://www.socialable.co.uk/too-much-to-do-and-not-enough-time/ for anyone interested.
I have glanced over the post and I am going to set something up, hopefully this weekend.