How do you all do it? How do you find time to write?
I know we have to make time for the things that are important to us, but now that school is starting back up and I'm getting back into a work routine, I'm feeling oh-so-overwhelmed. (And so excited. And so scared.)
I have two jobs, both of which leave me feeling drained at the end of the day. When I'm done teaching I feel emotionally and mentally drained, and when I'm done working at the restaurant, where I am now down to three shifts a week, I feel physically drained.
Then of course, there is my life. I have a husband and friends and family that I like to see and hang out with. I've always been very social, and even though I find myself staying home more than I used to, it's still in my nature to want to go out, have fun, and be in the middle of things.
I haven't been to the gym in months because I can't figure out how to fit it in, both time-wise and energy-wise. And I was just off work for two months and felt too stretched thin to find time to work out. Now that I'm working full time again? Ugh. Where will it go?
And the reading, of course. I don't just read because I like it, I read to stay up on YA trends and see what is out there. So part of it (okay, most of it) is leisure and part of it is research.
Oh, and two blogs. Man, I love blogging, I always have, but it sure does take a lot of time. Oh and the Twitter and the facebook and the e-mail and the whatever else because so many of my friends live online like I do. (The comic today on InkyGirl pretty much sums this up for most writers, I think.)
(And, seriously...those of you with kids? I can't even FATHOM how you fit it all in.)
So in there somewhere I have to find time to write. It's so important for me to write...obviously I do it because I love it. But when I come home from a long, exhausting day at work and I look at my open Word doc and then I look at the book on my table or my Twitter feed, well, the book and the Twitter just take so much less energy, you know?
Time management has never been a skill of mine. Neither has multi-tasking. Neither has concentrating, really.
I'm thinking about making a daily schedule for myself. Does anyone else do this? Does it work? I feel a little silly allocating all of my free hours (5:00-5:15 - Twitter, 5:15-5:30 - Facebook, 5:30-6:30 - Read), but I'm not sure how else I can make sure everything gets done. (Aside from finding myself a Time Turner...anyone have an extra one lying around? Hermione? Bueller?)
I'm thinking about all of this because I have set a goal for myself. I want to be ready to query at the end of January. So that leaves me about 5-ish months to revise, revise, revise the heck out of my WIP and get it ready to go.
I'm on Major Revision - Round 1 right now.
So I think I'm going to make myself a schedule and see if it works. And if you guys have any good time management tricks, please let me know. Clearly I'm going to need all the help I can get.