The biggest challenge of the 100-Day Writing Challenge is making time to do my daily tasks. I have a plan but what good is it if I'm not writing?
I'm still winding down from two big projects at work. Still unpacking boxes after our move. Still helping kids with their homework and getting them off to bed, then off to school in the morning. Still doing the gazillion other things that come with being part of family.
When do I write?
When I challenged myself to write every day about a month ago, I was writing at 1 or 2 in the morning mostly. That was the time available after all my obligations were met and after I exercised and showered. I was wide awake and it was a good use of 30 - 45 minutes of my time. Crazy, but true...and impossible to sustain.
My projects quickly usurped that time, with me working until 3 or 4 in the morning some days, getting a couple of hours of sleep, then getting back up and heading off to drop kids at school before going to work. Even crazier.
The writing ceased. So did the exercise, the hair appointments, playing with the kids and anything else that required a chunk of my time. (I was so loopy I thought Tuesday was Day 8 of the challenge that began last Wednesday. It was Day 7 and today is Day 9.)
Now, the projects are just about over. I'm recovering from a month of sleep deprivation, although I have yet to get to bed before midnight this week.
When will I write?
That's the question I keep asking myself. Bedtime stories are done by 9, then I clean the kitchen. (Hubby is doing most of the cooking these days or none of us would eat.) So now we're talking about 10 pm before I can write anything and my head is usually still humming with all the other stuff of the day. But I think writing between 10 and 11 is a pretty good plan (as long as Top Chef isn't on Bravo).
One work project ended Tuesday; the other today. I'm going to use this weekend to finish the unpacking and take a few steps back. I need to feel like my feet are back on the ground and I'm living life rather than moving through it.
So I can write.
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.