I will be the first to admit that my routines have been terrible. TERRIBLE. I’ve tried to just ‘go with the flow’ and fit everything into a regular day without getting too stressed about progress, but quite frankly that has resulted in me wasting a lot of time and then rushing to finish things at the last moment.

I am sick of being one of those people. I work very well under pressure though, so it’s a hard habit to change.

Anyway… while we wait for Ivy’s exemption to come through, I figured it was a good time to start pinning down some kind of routine (for me). I have many things to juggle, and I’m not willing to downsize any more of my life. After mulling it over for awhile, a very simple plan seemed to evolve.

If I can do my reading and study stuff during the day, while the kids are reading, or doing their own thing, I can then schedule an hour of writing time in the evenings. One hour a day, without also being aware of the kids, or being called away every 5 seconds, is actually AMAZING. But it hasn’t been until recently that this was possible. Finally, our kids are all going to bed at a reasonable hour, and there is enough time in my evening not only for me to hang out with Hubby, but to take some time for myself as well.

That’s pretty wonderful. I’m really excited by this new plan. I mean, it’s still very flexible, but it’s way more structured than it’s been until now. That’s gotta count for something, right?

Do you have a dedicated writing time? How do you balance your commitments?


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