Friday, April 18, 2008

Seize The Day!

Happy Friday, All!

Boy was I stoked when I read the posts from the F.A.I.T.H. girls this week. Plotting vs. Pantser - Day timers and Over-timers.

You know I always thought I was busy. Before baby girl came along, I was busy going to work, busy going home, busy writing, busy spending time with hubby and busy spending time with family. But writing-wise, I wasn't getting anything accomplished. I wasn't a part of a critique group, I wasn't a member of writing groups. I was hiding in the closet hoping for the day I'd be discovered.

I'm embarrassed at how foolish that is and that I'm admitting here on this public forum!

Then I became a mommy. Had a heavenly two years to spend with her AT HOME. Yet, I had to return to work...


I'll tell you what I was thinking, we needed to have this, THIS and that. And part of this was going to my writing conferences. Now my husband's company is laying off A BUNCH of people. What started in middle management is trickling down to his department. I believe God has a reason for everything. So I'm thankful I have a job, because you just don't know what tomorrow will bring. That's why we have to SEIZE THE DAY!

There is a price for everything. We want to do it all. But sometimes we just can't.

Like Lindi, I'm gone for 10-11 hours a day. I mean gone from home. This is from the time I drop my daughter off until the time I pick her up. Part of that is traffic. I'm devising a plan to either be gone 10 hours a day every day and be able to take one day off every other week, or go in later, work five days a week and be able to spend more time at home with her. The latter sounds better to me.

You see, what I'm talking about is fitting everything in to the 24 hours we're given in a day to make everyone somewhat happy and still fit in a few hours of sleep.

Did you know sleep deprivation can kill?!

That's for another day and another post...

I find myself exhausted by the end of the day because I thought I could accomplish more by working through lunch. When in the end I feel so overwhelmed and tacked out I'm ready to pound down my cubicle walls and then charge the rest of the department.

So I need to take a lunch break. I need to do a little shopping some days - picking up things I need, but don't want to waste time after work doing because that's special time with family.
And during that lunch break on some days, I need to get some exercise in. And some days, it's plotting time for the new manuscript.

Doing it all, or at least 90% of what we want to accomplish, is possible. But it's the way we go about it that matters. Here's some things I'm going to start doing:

  • Break out the day timer and USE IT! Write things down I need/want/have to accomplish and carry over the things that don't get done to the next day.
  • Housework and shopping are done really late in the evenings when the crowd's down or really early before the crowd gets up. That means in and out of the stores even faster!
  • Forget housework after work and devote 100% of my attention to hubby and daughter in the evenings.
  • Writing comes on weekends and every spare moment in between.
  • Plot, Plot, Plot.

What's your plan? OR, what are you already doing? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Bite size pieces, Twinkie. Bite size pieces. If you try to do the whole, it's too overwhelming. Break it down, tackle a little at a time. Of course, there are time when you can multi-task. Like plotting while you're exercising. Just don't forget to jot those ideas down:-)

  2. Christy, I don't see how you all who have full-time jobs do it. YOu amaze me!

    I think your plan sounds great. And maybe once you're totally adjusted to being back to work, you'll find you're more productive. When I went back to teaching part-time, I found I spent more time writing than I had before. I think it's because all of a sudden you learn to appreciate the free time more! :)


  3. You all know I'm away from home working everyday like Lindi and Christy. Lately, I've tried to complain less, and just deal with it. I think it was a challenge God gave me.

    I literally sleep 5-6 hrs/night. I've been doing this ten years. When I have (rare) down time, I don't know what to do with myself. I fidget, I squirm, until I break free and race to the computer or find a book. I nearly drove my husband nuts on our family vacation last year until he found me a library with Internet access. I think he sat outside praying I'd get my Internet/Email fix. And I was firmly instructed before I went in, not to look at any books. Ya think maybe they know what my time consumers might be?

    Here are a few things that have helped me find writing time:
    1. I limit myself to reading a few books a month. (5 or less)
    2. I watch little TV! Stay away from Idol and Dancing with the Stars!!! Those shows are time killers.
    3. I cut back on church activities and started looking at my writing as a gift from God and a ministry for Him.
    4. Started saying no more often to things like Girl Scouts, school projects, and yes, to special field trips and things with real quality time with my daughter.
    5. Stopped doing everything for my daughter and gave her more responsibility like chores around the house (besides cleaning her own room).
    6. Worked out an arrangement with hubby when he cooks and cleans. Ladies, this is every week--not just on a special occasion.
    7. Stopped answering the phone, the doorbell, and ignored people who try to interrupt me when I'm writing. (except my daughter)
    8. Limit my time on online with email, blogs, and social networks.
    9. Stopped freelance writing articles for print and focused that time on my novels.
    10. Pray that soon I won't have to work a full-time job outside of home and I can be home writing full-time. I know that God answers prayer, so He will eventually answer this one. I'm not giving up!

  4. Yes, one thing at a time. I can't look at the whole picture most of the time. I look at what I am to do next. Accomplish that, then go forth.