Creating Time to Write
Finding the balance with going back to work
Writers who do not write full-time, how do you balance work-life and writing-time?
I can’t lie. Going back to work during the pandemic is tough. Going back and preparing to teach on campus (with some kids learning from home) is really, really hard. My work as an educator is all consuming. We have triple the amount to prepare this year. My brain is just fried from all the work details and from managing anxiety (while trying to not feel everyone else’s #empathlife).
I had a great thing going. My writing practice was solid. I spent a good 2–3 hours each morning writing poetry and journaling. I clearly won’t be able to get up early enough to write for that long, but I need a new routine in order to care for myself.
Writing to me is like breathing. I see words and ideas everywhere. It is really wonderful, but I need an outlet. I need time to write every day.
In order to reach those August goals, my day will need to start earlier.
I naturally wake up before the sun, so that is not a problem. It’s getting going that’s an issue. I would like to be up and writing from 5:30–6:30.
What if I used that timer on my coffee pot and make it tonight before I go to sleep?
Samantha Lazar 2020