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?

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16 thoughts on “How I Get It Done

  1. Libby Loveless says:

    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.

    • Anne Riley says:

      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.

    • Anne Riley says:

      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. ansley says:

    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. Jemi Fraser says:

    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!

    • Anne Riley says:

      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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