As a restaurant and small inn owner for the past 15 years and my new forage into the real estate world (brand new, as in 3 months), plus be a mom, I have been asked how do I manage it all. The only answer I can come up with is JUGGLING. LOL.
On a serious note, the real answer is organization and time planning. Writing, for me, is essential. My characters haunt me throughout my daily life; they walk with me when I walk my dog, they whisper in my ear when I splurge and take a long leisurely bath, they are in my head as I fall asleep. Any moment that is not occupied with restaurant, inn or real estate work, my characters of the current book I am writing invade my thoughts. This makes me excited to write and I find myself sacrificing things that are not so important to write. Realizing this, I sat down and came up with a daily schedule for myself. I had to do this otherwise I find myself getting frustrated with my lack of time for my writing. I sectioned out how many hours per day I had to work on my real estate, how many hours per day on the restaurant/inn, how many hours I spend catering to my daughter's every need, plus allowing an hour daily to work out or take a long bath. I found two hours available every weekday. I get up an hour earlier than my daughter & husband. Also, I have found that instead of that hour in front of the TV in the evening, I write or edit. My characters won't leave me alone otherwise to concentrate on the show. Aside from the time I spend with my family, those two hours are some of the best hours of my day. Knowing when those two hours are mine to take keeps me going and avoids my frustration. During those two hours, I take 1 hour to write or edit and this is usually my morning session when all is still quiet. The second hour I have committed to promoting my books through social media for the first 15 minutes because every single day you have to keep promoting. Otherwise how do people know about your book? I then move on for the next 45 minutes to working on cover designs, website, blogging, etc.
My first suggestion to get you on your way to being organized is get a planner. Not one on your phone, just a simple day to day planner that you can carry everywhere with you. The reason I say not a phone is sometimes it is hard to see the week in advance, never mind the whole month. On the last day of every month, I check out my daughter's school website for any upcoming events for the month and schedule them in. She is always the first priority so I get all school activities, extra curricular activities and doctor/dentist appointments written in first. I meet with my fellow restaurant/inn employees , general manager and husband once a week to discuss the upcoming two weeks. I then write any deadlines, meetings, or dinners into my planner. I also meet once a week with my real estate broker, Hanlon Realty, to have my planner ready for any upcoming events. When someone calls me to view a house or list a house, I quickly pull out my planner and know exactly what time I have available. At night before I go to bed, I quickly scan my next day, schedule first and foremost, my workout and then my two hours of writing. The key to all of this is being flexible with your time. Sometimes my schedule (like today because we had a snow storm and everything is closed) permits me to have my two hours in the morning. Sometimes I have to break it up into 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the evening.
Remember! It doesn't matter what time of day you write, JUST WRITE!
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