Alicia asked last week how I manage a full time job, Super Spawn, and writing.
Okay, seriously. Here's a daily line-up of my life. This is how I do all three:
5:30am - alarm goes off
6:30am - wake Super Spawn
7:00am - Leave the house
7:45am - drop Super Spawn off at preschool
8:00am - work
11:30am - 12:30pm - lunch break where I do something writing related. Write, revise, blog, research, etc.
5:00pm - leave work
5:30pm - leave preschool with Super Spawn
6:30pm - arrive home
6:30pm - 8:30pm - dinner, bath time, play time, and Super Spawn's bed time.
9:00pm until - this is when I do most of my writing. I blog, write, revise, read...all of it. Some nights I might be up until midnight or 1am just to get up and do it all again the next day.
Is my schedule easy? Heck no. But it works for me. It's weird, now that I'm not working like crazy on revisions all night long I'm actually more tired every day. Go figure.
My weekends are packed to overflowing as well. Saturdays I'm taking Super Spawn to the movies, bouncing at a play place, or to a museum. Saturdays that Super Spawn is with his dad, I can be found at a coffee shop working away on my WIP. Sundays are reserved for cleaning every week. I read, do laundry, grocery shop...that kind of fun stuff.
That's it. There's no big secret to my balancing act other than unwavering dedication. Sure, there are days that I fall off the wagon and just can't do anything, but the next day I'm right back in sync.
What about you guys? How do you maintain balance?