How and when do you work? Some of us have jobs outside of the home. Some of us have jobs inside the home. I work from home. What used to be a spare bedroom is now my office (except when company comes, then my office is a corner in our bedroom with a folding table and a lamp).
I think one problem with working from home is that you work pretty much all the time. When I get up, the first thing I do is carry the dog downstairs (she’s too old to come down by herself anymore) and take her out. I then turn on my computer and my day has started. If I don’t get too caught up in something, I’ll take a break at 7 to watch the opening of the morning national news to catch the headlines, then I try to watch the full 30 minutes of the 5:30 evening news.
I’ve figured out that if there’s an evening show on that I want to watch, I can instead listen while I do things on the computer.
I keep an ongoing To-Do list and cross things off as I get them done. I enjoy taking the pencil and marking through them. I switch from project to project. I might do an hour or two editing work, then stop so I can let what I’ve read simmer. Then I’ll do a couple of hours on my own book (which has a looming due date of April 15th). Then I may take on work that I do for a national company. Then back to editing and so on.
I do some work on weekends, but spend more time relaxing, cleaning house, checking the garden, and doing my most horrific chore, grocery shopping. I need to switch that chore to a weekday. I could write a long litany of things I hate about going to the grocery store on the weekends.
What about you? When do you find time to write? How do you squeeze it in? What about all your other writing-related activities, like promotion on Twitter and other social sites, networking with other writers, contacting media, editing, blogging, and on and on.
What is a typical day like for you?
3 weeks ago