Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Get Out of Bed!

I groaned, the stupid alarm clock again...how dare it mess with my dreams?!  The sun wasn't even up yet!  Why should I be up?!
Oh yeah, cause this is the time I set up to be my devotion/writing time...*sigh* It's just not right to have to get up this early...

I'm looking in the thin spaces of time I have during the day and trying to figure out when is a better time for me to write.
I hate getting up early lately, and I just can't seem to get enough snuggles with my children, making my get-ready time a little pushed back, and sometimes, undone...eek.

So, I'm calling all my writer friends...what are your schedules?  I've heard lots of you say you just write when you can...well, that gets me three months down the road, nothing written, so I need a schedule...what do you suggest?

Here's a normal day:
5am write
6am get ready
6:30 am get kids ready
7:00am leave for school and work
6pm get kids from school
6:30 pm home
7:00pm not really sure what we do here...I'll be looking closer at this time, but if I pick up my computer, my youngest starts crawling on me and whining to be held...they need mommy time at the end of a long day, and to be honest, I need children time, too.
we're eating by 8:00ish and in bed by 9:30ish.

Not a really scheduled time at the end of work...need to work on that one.
I'm sure if I had everything scheduled after work, it would be easier to find writing time at the end of the day...what are your schedules?


  1. Kelly,

    My schedule is flexible, and I am on the opposite end of the spectrum. If you're getting up at 5:00 a.m. to write, you deserve a trophy, a cash reward, and a nanny.

  2. Do you hav a lunch hour? Could you take your laptop in a break room?
    Could you go from work to the library (or anywhere) before you pick up the kids?
    Could you stay up til 10:30 and sleep til 6?
    Could you give up an hour somewhere 2-3 times a week instead of daily?

    I don't think I could make myself do it at 5... And if you're starting to hate it that's not good. I agree with you about the needing children time and them needing Mommy time. They're only that young once.

  3. Oh, this is a hard one. I have two boys, the youngest in three and at home with me. I write during his rest time in the day. Or else I set aside that time after dinner and write then. I have decided that TV is a waste of time if I really want to fit writing in. That is where I squeeze the extra time. Good luck with this one :)

  4. I think I have finally admitted that I am not a good daily scheduler. Instead, I write mostly in big chunks of time. One day a week, my husband takes our daughter out for the morning and I write from 9am to 2pm. This coming year, my daughter will also be going to class one day a week (on the other days, I homeschool her) so that will help too.

    When I wrote my dissertation I was closer to your kind of schedule. I woke up at 4:30am to work. My daughter would wake up at 6:30 or 7:00am, and once she was awake, that was it for the writing! Now that she's older, it's a little easier.

  5. My schedule changes seasonally, because of my kids. I'm blessed to be a stay-at-home mom, but I still don't have unlimited hours. Someone has to watch the kids! (Yeah, that someone is me.)

    I get up early, write, and spend all afternoon with the kids. The evenings are always lost in cooking/cleaning until about 8:30 when I exercise.

    Good luck. Try and cut yourself some slack. Maybe even designating a few days as sleep-in zones?

    Have a great weekend!

  6. To be honest, since it's summer I have a wonky schedule that includes me staying up from about midnight to 2 in the morning (trying) to write, and then sleeping until about 9.

    Sleep? Psh! ;]

  7. LOL, sleep is overrated.
    Thanks for your imput ladies!
    I've been praying for an anser...and for that answer to come QUICKLY! :D