I hope you all enjoyed the humorous look at the life of a writer in my last couple of posts. Of course, they were playful exaggerations of some real life circumstances we face. Most of the time, though, our lives are a lot closer to normal. So, I thought I’d give you a peek into my life (it’s not quite as adventurous, but it can definitely be just as funny).
I consider myself a structured person. I thrive one schedules and lists and routines. I’m not a big fan of big changes (which is why I freaked out every time we had to move for the military), but I can be flexible when need be. Flexibility is a necessity since I’m balancing the various-sized plates of wife, mother, homeschooler, writer, editor, student, and house manager. So it’s only suitable that I show you how unstructured my structured day is.
5:30 a. m.: UP AND AT ‘EM (or hit the snooze button) If I manage to get up, I would have my quiet time and then start working on whatever business is most pressing, but ideally on my own work in progress.
6:30 a.m.: This is the alternate wake up time, especially if I was up late. I prefer to have time to wake up before the kids start bouncing around.
7:00: The kids are up by now (on their own). I start breakfast. We are “trying” to keep to a more primal diet, which means I cook most mornings.
8:00: Breakfast is done and cleaned up. I sit down for about a half hour or so of social media interaction. I read in several different places that the best time to post something on sites like Facebook and Twitter is after 8 in the morning. Kids run around like crazy monkeys.
8:30: Morning routine and chores–everyone gets ready for the day, makes their beds, screams, fights, and then does their morning chore. If they finish before 9 (*snicker*), they can play.
9:00: School bell rings (not literally). We settle down for a few hours of learning and growing. Sometimes, we even get it all done!
12:00: Lunch! Everyone makes a break for the kitchen, only to find it’s chicken nuggets and homemade french fries . . . again. Poor kids. At least the fruit changes.
1:00: I sit down to work–a little bit of editing, homework, emails, etc. throughout the afternoon. Kids are usually outside or having quiet time. Quiet being the goal, not the reality.
3:00: Snack time!
4:00: I get off the computer to spend some time with the kids or clean–whichever is more demanding in the moment.
5:00: Dinner prep begins, and then we eat.
6:00: After dinner clean up is finished, we have reading time. Kids read to me (or Daddy), we read to the kids, they read to themselves. Fun stuff!
7:00: Bedtime routine. Baths, clean up, teeth brushed, etc. If they have time left, they can watch a cartoon before bed.
8:00: Bedtime for the boy.
8:30: Bedtime for the girls. FREEDOM! Now, I wish I could say that I get back to work at this point, but quite honestly, I am so exhausted from all the craziness of the day that I settle on the couch and turn on the TV or pull out a book.
10:00: The time I’m supposed to go to bed.
10:45ish: The time I usually go to bed.
See–it really is all just as normal as the next person. One big change on the horizon for us is my husband returning to work. After a year of changes, he is looking for a job. Then he’ll be working full time and going to school 3 nights a week. That means even more fun for me! And probably less writing time . . .
You know, a funny thing, although I’m very structured with my daily life, I’m such a panster when it comes to my own writing.
What about you? Do you find that you need structure, or do you work well on the fly?