My daily routine is having a crisis.
It is not quite sure whether it even exists, which makes this an existential crisis.
It needs therapy, vitamins, feng shui or possibly a cleanse of some kind. (But not the colonic kind, please.)
Seriously, I am not the most regimented of people, though you’d think having first a dog and then adding a child, would have forced it upon me by now. To some extent it has, but I have to fight myself every step of the way to achieve anything. Left to my own devices I would sleep late, spend the remainder of the morning drinking coffee and eating pastries in my PJs while curled up on the couch with a few books…and ideally my husband, my kid and my dog, not that they’d stay on the couch for very long, much less let me read, but hey, I can fantasize.
I’m not saying I don’t get a lot done and I’ve always been very prompt and fairly responsible, but in terms of routines and things that take ongoing discipline, writing is the first thing I really got disciplined about. My ability to set a routine for writing was one of my first clues that I was finally on the right path in my life, and it did a lot for my belief in myself just to finish the first book, and then the second, regardless of what the eventual outcome would be.
Right now though, and for the past few months my routine, especially my writing routine has suffered. (Not to all writers: getting published is bad for writing–at least at first.) Needless to say I’ve been a bit distracted with Falling Under being sold, edited and now (finally!) launched.
So here’s my ideal routine, one that I’m hoping to get back to very soon. Like today.
8-10am: (with Oppressor) wake, shower, dress, dress & feed daughter, walk and feed dog, drink coffee, have breakfast, respond to any urgent emails–not necessarily in that order
10am: internet OFF, in office, writing until 2pm, with one coffee/snack/water break
2-3:30pm (during little one’s nap) respond to all emails, deal with all other work related stuff
3:30-8pm: hang with family, walk dog, do all house-related chores (did this today with 2-year-old “helping” fold laundry) make/eat dinner, bedtime for munchkin
How does that sound? And what’s your secret to getting everything done?
No really, I want to know.
By the way, you can read some of my 1st Book Story this week over at Meg Waite Clayton’s very cool blog.