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How I Get It Done

Disclaimer: As full and as busy as my life is, I really don’t think I’m any busier than most moms. Please don’t feel like this is me saying “LOOK AT HOW MUCH I HAVE TO DO!” because I’m not saying that.

Whenever I have a speaking event, people–usually women–always ask me the same question. “With a full-time job, a baby, and a house to maintain, when do you find time to write?”

Some have looked at me with a desperate gleam in their eye and demanded to know my exact schedule. Well, maybe “demanded” is too strong a word. Although their grip is also strong. Y’know . . . when they have a fistful of my hair and they’re screaming ‘TELL ME TELL ME!”

So, in case anyone else out there is wondering, I shall divulge my Scheduling Secrets (Or, My Ticket To The Sane Train). Here is a typical day for me.

5:15 am: Alarm goes off. Flail aimlessly until I knock phone off nightstand. Search for phone in darkness. Locate and silence.

5:20 am: Husband, who has been up since 4:45 (yes . . . you read that right) says, “Hey, are you getting up?” Which is a nice way of saying WOMAN, GET OUT OF BED! Which is what he should say to me. Because I am lazy.

5:25–6:10 am: Shower. Coffee. Clothes. Hair. Coffee. Makeup. Breakfast. Coffee.

6:15 am: Baby Girl wakes up. Husband feeds and clothes her while I finish getting ready and get diaper bag, computer, lunch, and purse in the car.

6:30 am: Leave for daycare.

7:00 am: Drop Baby Girl off at daycare. Kiss her face. Tell her I love her. Watch her smile at her teachers. Watch her settle in with the other kids. Leave for work.

7:15 am: Arrive at work. Do last-minute tasks before school day starts. More coffee. Maybe a biscuit from the cafeteria. Check e-mail. If I’m lucky, I get to write for a few minutes before the kids come in. 

8:00 am–3:00 pm: Mold the minds of America. I often eat my lunch in my classroom and write. 

3:05 pm: Pick up Baby Girl. Hug her and ask her how her day was. Have “conversation” about everything she did.

3:30 pm: Arrive home. Give Baby Girl a snack. Put her in comfy pajama pants and lay her down for a nap.

3:45–5:15 pm: If the Lord smiles upon me, Baby Girl’s nap lasts this long. I WRITE LIKE A MAD WOMAN and ignore the dirty dishes, laundry, milky bottles, baby food stains, and my own exhaustion.

5:15 pm: Baby Girl wakes up. We play.

5:30 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays: Husband gets home and takes over baby and house duties. He makes dinner. He washes bottles. He does laundry. I write until I can’t see straight anymore, then I go to bed.

5:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Husband has rugby practice right after work, so I feed, bathe, and play with Baby Girl until she goes to bed at 7:00. Then I write until Husband comes home around 9:00, at which point we iron clothes, wash bottles, and make lunches.

Saturdays: I do what I can, when I can. Saturdays are unpredictable.

Sundays: I go to my seekrit writing place around 1:30. Write Club meets at 3:00. Then I try to write a little more afterwards.

Do you have a typical time that you write? How do you fit writing into your schedule?

16 thoughts on “How I Get It Done

  1. Your posts always make me laugh. You are so clever! I can’t believe you get up that early… I mean, really. Respect. I wake up 10:40 am everyday, roll out of bed into class somehow, and go to bed around 2 am. Maybe I will try a 5:15 am wake up call one day this semester. The only other time I’m awake that early is if I had never gone to bed 🙂 I hope you are doing well.

    1. I always felt like I lived in a different time zone when I was in college. I stayed up till 3 or 4 every night and slept as long as possible in the morning. Things change when you have a little one waking up at 6 every day 🙂

      I am great! Miss you. Your little brother is great, by the way.

    1. I don’t know what I’d do without him! Seriously. On days when he has to leave for work early, I almost don’t make it in to work.

  2. You are indeed blessed. Good work ethic, great husband, super cute little one, fantastic friends who will gladly eat Greek food and a big ol’ cupcake with you and a ton of talent!

    I don’t know how you do it, but you do it well.

  3. It’s amazing how busy life can get. It’s always good to see how people schedule things in. My life is nutty too – but I’m the worst scheduler. I tend to go with the flow and hope for the best!

    1. Haha! I tend to do that too, so I have to REALLY buckle down in order to get my writing done! Organization is not in my DNA.

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