Three times this week, I had the question posed to me asking how I have time to write with a full time job, so I thought I’d shed some light. It’s no big deal, not shocking. I’m far from the only one that has to juggle a day job and whatever else our calling might be. But it is a little fun to lay it out, in a way.
So here’s my very not-exciting day in the life…
5:00am alarm goes off…I either stumble to the coffee pot or hit snooze.
5:09am alarm again if snooze…let’s face it, I hit the snooze. NOW the coffeepot
5:30am coffee…sit with my old lady dog and check Twitter and email.
5:45am reluctantly drag my butt off the couch and fix hub’s lunch, feed cockatiels in the aviary
6:00am go stare at myself in the mirror & decide if I can get away with no makeup for work (I have chosen that route more than once…)
6:15am wake up hubs for work and go back to stare some more. get disgusted at my lack of natural beauty and go for another cup of coffee
6:30am kiss hubby goodbye…wake up daughter for school…listen to her stumble and grumble for coffee (mini-me)
6:35am give in and put on a face, dry and straighten swamp-girl hair, find something to throw on. Luckily I work in a refinery and this consists of a t-shirt and jeans most days.
7:00am hug grumpy teenager goodbye, give old lady dog a belly scratch, drive to work plotting out my next scene.
7:15-3:30pm sit in a void, crunching numbers, occasionally checking my phone for email. Plotting…always plotting… Of course every time I get a good thought the damn phone rings.
3:30pm LEAVE WORK !!!!
3:30-4:30pm errands, groceries, bank runs, pick up dinner if I’m not cooking, anything else mundane.
4:30-5:30pm say hello to family, do laundry, cook supper unless I was lazy and picked up fried chicken.
5:30-7:30pm My Writing Time. This is a loose term, since it’s in the living room, and people come and go as they please or need something. “Need” is another loose term, since it can be as simple as “Do you know if it’s going to rain tomorrow?”
8:00-10:30pm TV with hubby and daughter. Sometimes also writing, but hard to focus with things blowing up in surround sound. Or if it’s Hell’s Kitchen. Or White Collar. Because I’m a slut for both of those.
Anything after that…. bed.
Weekends… that’s a little different. It’s a free-for-all. I get up early before anyone else is moving, and write when I can around chores and life and family and whatever needs to be done.
So tell me YOUR schedule. And non-writers, how do you plan your days around the things you love the most?