Monday, April 2, 2018

Work vs. family time #OpenBook Blog Hop

April 2, 2018 – Work time vs. family time. How do you manage it all?

Being a writer is at it's heart, a lonely task. Hours sitting in front of a computer or a notepad, trying to get the right words to spill from your brain into some resemblance of a story. But not all of us live solitary lives. There's work and families to consider in how we schedule our time.

So how do I do it?

Easy answer—not very well, I'm afraid.

I admit to spending far too much time in my writing space, away from my family. Especially when I'm at a turning point in the story and the words are flowing freely. While my husband watches television, I work on whatever my latest story is. I've tried to do it in the same room he's in, but it's too easy to get distracted by whatever is flashing across the TV screen.

So, I try to limit myself to writing when everyone else has gone to bed. Get in a lot of writing in a short period of time. If I mull where the story is going when I'm doing other things, hopefully I'll be able to capture the thoughts later. Of course, that partially depends on my characters not changing things up on me when I have the opportunity to put words on paper.

Because there is another factor that plays into this time management mess. I have a full-time job, and work really hard not do any writing while I'm supposed to be doing something else. Granted, I've been known to sneak in a few minutes of writing here and there, but I can't let it interfere with doing what I get paid for. But occasionally work bleeds over into my time, so I don't feel too guilty about taking back a few spare moments.

And I haven't even mentioned the time spent on social media trying to promote my books. Which I do badly, I'm afraid.

Speaking of promotion!

Now let's head over to the other authors and see how they juggle it all.

April 2, 2018 – Work time vs. family time. How do you manage it all?

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