Monday, February 2, 2015

A Writer's Logic

This past Thursday, I had a little minor surgery to remove my gall bladder. It needed to go since it was impeding my ability to consume good food. I did, however, benefit from the lucky side effect of weight loss, which I won't complain about. I'm sore, moving slowly, and it's hard to sleep, but otherwise I'm okay.

Was I concerned about having the surgery? No. I felt confident my surgeon would do an excellent job. Was I worried about taking time off work? No. I have a ridiculous amount of sick time and vacation time because I'm one of those people who never takes it. Was I nervous?

No. I was excited. Why you ask? Because it meant that I was going to be in bed, recovering from said surgery with nothing to do but rest and...write.

Yes, I'm one of those writers who has a full time day job. Between working, family, blogging, social networking, and reading, I get very little time to actually write. Yes, I was looking forward to having this surgery so I would have time in bed with my laptop. Nothing kinky (well maybe on the page), just writing.
Here is what a normal day looks like for me and how I manage my time.

7:30am- Check in on social media and then read on the commute train to work.
8:00am-5:00pm- Day Job (These are my scheduled hours, although I do sometimes work later.)
5:00pm-6:00pm- Check in on social media and read on commute train home.
6:00pm-9:00pm- Homework with son, prepare and eat dinner.
9:00pm-10:00pm- Get son to bed, spend time with daughter/husband.
10:00pm-As late as I can- Last check in social media, blog, beta reads, editing.
If I have time after that, I write.

Yeah. It's tough to find time, so since I'm going to have this down time where I can't work, I'm taking advantage of it. The plan is to finish edits on my novel, work on my current short story, outline two novellas and work on my marketing plan. It's ambitious, so we'll see how much I'm able to accomplish.

I'm really hoping this time is productive.

Do you have an activity that you wish you had more time for? What is it? How do you make time? Can you share any time management tips?

Jennifer Senhaji

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  1. We're empty nesters. I'm a pharmacist and work a 3 wk rotating schedule. On my days off, my wife and I enjoy spending the day together. We enjoy each other's company.
    Would love more time for the pets. We have 4 dogs and 2 cats. I get up early on my days off and write while she sleeps in. She brags that I get more done before 8 am than most people (including herself) get done all day.
    I usually read 3 books concurrently. One in bed, one in recliner in library, and one in the bathroom. So I read at night in bed.

    1. Yep, I wish I was a morning person so I could get up early and write, but unless something in my basic chemistry changes, I don't see that happening. Thanks for reading.

  2. I had to laugh because of your desire to have time to write. That's looking at the positive! Hope everything heals well. I would say quickly but maybe you want a long rest! Hopping over from #MondayBlogs on 10 Minute Novelists. Maui Jungalow

    1. It is funny, and a little sad how time crunched we all are these days. Thanks for reading, Courtney.