Right now, my daily priorities are Monkey, running, and cleaning house. I try to get in blogging when I can and if I still have time at the end of the day, I write.
I’d like to I need to make writing a priority over cleaning house. Ultimately, I’d like writing to be as essential to my day as running, but I need to break my strict and lengthy house-cleaning routine first. Maybe if I think about making time and write about making time, I might actually make time.
The irony is I started this blog as a way to make time for writing; unfortunately blogging is not a subcategory of writing -it’s in its own category. Blogging requires time and commitment apart from writing. Active bloggers –
- Respond to comments.
- Read other blogs.
- Reply to posts on other blogs.
- Research ways to grow and improve as a blogger.
- Reach out and connect with a community of other bloggers.
I need to find some way to organize my ‘blogging practice’ and ‘writing practice’ so that both are getting the attention they need, but not stealing time away from my family.
Here’s a typical day for me right now –
My meals and hubby have to share time with blogging (which I know is unfair) and I still don’t have time to reply to all comments, visit every blog I follow or leave many of my own comments. I will pick up some extra time when I no longer have to do any gardening, but that’s not until November. For the next couple of months I’ll actually have more work to do raking leaves, pruning and cleaning out flower beds.
Now I know why my mother never bothered with gardening. Any spare time she was lucky enough to get with 5 kids, she devoted to reading.
My goal right now is to figure out a daily schedule with writing as top priority and at least test it out.
How do blogging and writing fit into your daily schedule? Do you have a certain time during the day set aside? Can you write with your toddler playing at your feet? Do you blog and write only on certain days of the week or do a little bit everyday? Can you go a day without running the vacuum cleaner?