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?