Is it break time yet? Did you ever get in a “I don’t feel like doing anything” mood? A time when even the things you feel most passionate about no longer appeal to you? I did.
Technology is a wonderful tool but does it speed things up? Does it help us do things faster so we can have more time to do other things? I need someone to tell me: Where is that ‘extra time? In the busyness of life, we all need “Me-Time,” but do we fit enough of it in our routine to see a difference? Sadly, I don’t.
Being a writer is a demanding job. You may be trying to juggle motherhood, your kids’ soccer games, ballet, and piano lessons with your writing. On top of all that, some people have to fit a full or part-time job outside the home. Writing wasn’t a priority when my kids were growing up so I can’t imagine what your schedule looks like, since mine was full. But the main question of this blog post is this:
Do you ever take time for YOU?
Away from your family? From writing/editing/promoting? To read your favorite author’s latest release? Watch that TV show you like but is over after you put the kids too bed? You don’t even take time to watch the taped episodes because you’re ready fall on that pillow that’s been calling your name since you came home from work at 5 o’clock. Come on, admit it! You need a well-deserved break.
Having two grown-up/out-of-the-nest kids doesn’t mean I’m less busy. I may be done with the task of raising two very active boys, but I still have meals to prepare, laundry to do, dishes to clean, a vegetable garden to maintain (I love growing my own food), as well as a rotation-shift/full-time job that takes me out of the house 5 days a week. I thank God daily though, He blessed me with a wonderful husband who helps with the chores. A man who supports my writing, 200%.
Recently, hubby and I decided we needed a “get away.” <Insert irony here>. We took our 2-year-old grandson with us, an active little boy who kept us on our toes two full days.
I didn’t get done what I’d hoped to do because I didn’t make time for it. When my husband and I talked about that getaway, our idea was to rent a cabin on the lake, and spend quality time together. While he wanted to do some fishing, I hoped to do some writing. We ended up taking our grandson to the zoo, and visited great friends. Don’t get me wrong, we love our grandson immensely and we had a great time with him and our friends. BUT, it took me a few days to recoup!! I didn’t even catch up on sleep.
Quiet moments daily out of our ‘busyness’ are a vital part of every writer’s life. Whether you take 15 minutes a day to do nothing but reflect, half an hour to read before bedtime every night, or even an hour to do whatever pleases you, go ahead, fit quiet time into your schedule.
A young woman used her two 15-minute work breaks, half hour commute on the bus (both ways), and one hour after the kids went to bed to pen a few extra words to her manuscript. Do the math. Two hours a day, 5 days a week, it adds up at the end of the week. It may take her a little longer than the average to write a full manuscript but with this kind of dedication, she’ll probably get it done in less time than some of us (myself included) who can’t get motivated because we don’t make time for ourselves.
If we can afford to spend so much time on others and on our work, isn’t it just as (if not more) important to add some “Me-Time” in our daily routine? If we don’t take care of ‘us’, who will? I’m starting. Right now. Are you with me?
Tell me: Do you fit ‘Me-Time’ in your schedule? How? When?