So last Saturday, I proudly posted about how I managed to find ten a half hours to write during the previous week, over my goal of writing for one hour a day. This week, I got in a measly four hours and forty-five minutes, well below my goal for the week. The culprit? Extra hours at work.
For those who don’t know me in real life, my day job consist of two library jobs where I work a variety of shifts. Someday it’s mornings and afternoons, the other days it’s afternoons and evenings. I’ll get home at 9PM one night, only to leave the following 9AM the next morning to start up my next shift. It confuses the hell out of everyone near and dear to me and not even my most attentive relations can keep my schedule straight, despite the fact that it’s pretty stable. But even though it’s all over the board I can usually find time to write every day, often more than that required hour. And on top of that, I actually like my jobs, which makes everything just fine.
But last week I picked up some extra hours at one job, and was thrown all off. Times when I would usually write up to two hours in the afternoon, I had to squeeze in a mere 30 minutes in the morning. My six hour days all became eight to ten hour days. And the days when I would have tie to catch up, I found myself saddled with other responsibilities (including today. I need to go wedding dress shopping, so I’ll finish this up soon).
Weeks like this usually hit me once a month, and they’ve really taught me the importance of finding time to write, period. No, you’re not going to get as much accomplished in that thirty-minute span as you are in a hour and a half, but at least you’re still keeping up the momentum. I find that spending too much time (more than a day or two) away from my writing makes it a lot harder to come back to the keyboard when I have the time. It’s so important to just KEEP WRITING. You might be working on different projects, but dropping the habit all together is never a good idea.
This had me wondering, gentle readers (and hello to my two new followers this week!), how do you find time to write, or work on your creative projects? I, as mentioned before, tend to be a little all over the map, but I get most of my writing done in the morning, after exercising. This means I typically have to wake up a bit earlier than I’d like to, but it’s a lot easier to put something off later in the day. How do you work around your work schedules, children, guild meetings, noisy roommates, etc? What did you get accomplished this week?