Writers, like newborns, thrive on a schedule.
I swear, one of the best things we ever did with our babies was when they got old enough for a nanny/babysitter to take care of them for a few hours so that I could get some work done, was to let the sitter (being British and of a certain age) put our children on a firm schedule. (She also believed that all babies should have regular “sun baths” and she would strip them down to their diapers and place them in a puddle of sunshine.)
Because of Nana and her schedule, we had babies that routinely took hour long naps at 10 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. This made our children rested and happy, and it made for some very pleased (and productive) parents. (How do you think we had the energy and fortitude to have 6 kids?)
Writers are alike. Although we probably don’t need naps (although there are days…) we do need a schedule to be our best.
During the holidays when the kids are all home from school and college, my productivity goes down the toilet. I schedule only what *absolutely* needs to be done (and yes, I successfully completed that last minute project I had blogged about earlier) and hope that I’m not missing too much family interaction by holing myself up in my office to write.
I let myself do that because I choose to focus on my family for the time that we are all together.
What I didn’t plan on however, was the two snow days that the public school called at the end of vacation, followed by a 2 hour delay. A full house is not conducive to focusing and days that I had planned to use for writing got lost in the house activity.
But, life happens. The kids are finally back at school and I am finally back on a schedule.
The first thing I did was to write every single project that needs to be done (blogs, articles, and administrative work) on a to-do list and now I’m slowly working my way through the list (as soon as I publish this post, I get to cross it off – such a great feeling.)
On my regular schedule of 8 – 3 with my butt in the chair, I am slowly making progress again.
As long as I stay away from thinking about an afternoon nap.
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.
Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.