If I had a Tardis

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There are 24 hours in a day.  If you think about it, this is a massive amount of seconds, minutes, and hours that gets whittled down daily based on our activities.  But the fact remains that we start each day with 24 hours at our disposal.

For me:

6a I wake up, deal with kids, prep for work, and get to work

815 I arrive at work.  I spend 8 1/2 hours here with the 1/2 being my lunch.

440p I begin my commute home

0540 I am usually home.   I will clean and cook for the family

0630 Usually when I try to have dinner ready

0700 try to take a walk with the family but due to the crazy weather this is usually TV or cleaning time (why am I always cleaning!)

0745-0800 getting the kids ready for bed

0800-1100 watching t, on the computer, random time wasting

1100-1130 trying to go to sleep

I initially wrote this out last summer when I was searching for time to write.  I updated it this weekend to reflect schedule changes.  I am a MPH student, so I didn’t put in “homework/studying time.” Now considering all of this, most people would say, you are over extended.  How can you possibly find time to write. As I look at this schedule now, I see all the time that I wasted.

If I had a Tardis, I would go back to last summer and make better use of my hours.  All that TV time would be whittled away.  I have a DVR! Why do I have the DVR, if I don’t take advantage of it.  And really, a lot of times I am just watching reruns of Friends, Big Bang Theory, Golden Girls, and Doctor Who.  I could be writing.  I could be exercising.

The time to finish my novels, has always been there – I just choose not to utilize it.  I mean, I sit at my desk for lunch and usually read People magazine online.  The time that I’m prepping for dinner, I usually have a quiet 30 minutes where no one is downstairs and something is simmering and doesn’t require my attention.
I am full of excuses and putting it on paper really spelled it out.  There is no excuse for me to not write.

The time has always been there.

If I had a Tardis, I would love to recover all of my wasted hours, but alas – it ain’t happening! What I plan to do, is to be a better steward of my time going forward.

*photo courtesy of springfieldpunx.blogspot.com

 

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Multitasking (Or a Feb. Write-A-Thon Update)

Curse you grad school!

I truly value the power of education and I am a nerdy girl who LOVES learning new things. I love learning about diseases and what is wrong with health in our country. It is my hope that one day, my little voice will help shed some light of some preventable health issues and give people longer lives.

But this month – I am at odds with my educational obligations.

I want to write, revise, and repeat. I want to wholeheartedly participate in Ashley Farley’s Feb. Write-A-Thon (http://ashleyfarley.net/). I was in the midst of revisions on another MS and heard about this event. My mind started ticking, my hands started outlining, and man I am LOVING what is being put on paper – when things get put on paper.

As per the usual with me and writing – life happens. Earlier this month, everyone in my house was sick so I was taking care of them. By midweek I was sick, and had 2 papers due. From that point on, I have been playing catch up with my writing. My goal this week is to at least reach 15K by this Friday. I am hoping for 20K is a good #writeclub Hail Mary attempt:)

So okay, maybe not curse you grad school. I do love you deep down in my heart. I just need to refocus myself so I can balance you and my writing.

How do you juggle your writing life and other things?