The Writer’s Work-Life Balance
Ah, the unreachable work life balance. What does it even mean? For me, it is the hopeful dream of someday having just enough time to accomplish everything that is important to me, without feeling rushed. But everyone’s ideal work life balance is different. In fact, it might not even contain the words “work” or “life”. One of my weaknesses as a writer is that I often find myself putting writing at the bottom of my list of priorities. My current work life balance looks something like this:
- Day job
- Tending family/friend relationships
- Continuing education for more lucrative day job
- Staying healthy
- Free time to watch television or read or just stare into space in order to keep sanity
- Writing, if I get around to it. Maybe. Oh look! I have full lives on Candy Crush again!
But when I’m in the middle of priorities 1 – 5, in the back of my head I’m always thinking about writing. When I have time, I’m going to write xyz and it’s going to be AWESOME!
I even complain while meeting priorities 1 – 5….
Me: “I just wish I had more time to pursue the craft of writing, ya know?”
Friend: “Uh, yeah, sure. Are you going to eat that?”
I often feel like I cannot start writing unless I have several hours ahead of me. I yearn for a vast expanse of time with nothing else on my schedule to distract me. Unsurprisingly, THAT NEVER EVER HAPPENS.
I have still not found a good way to schedule writing into my life. My new years resolution was to write daily. It didn’t matter when, or where, or for how long. I think I lasted 3 days. But, I am optimistic that I can reignite the fire and begin that resolution anew. How do you prioritize writing in your life? Do you have any tips or tricks?