Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What's My Name Again?

Every now and then (and in my case more than I'd prefer) life steps in and takes over. As a Stay-At-Home-Mom, who rarely stays home, of four children some days are more hectic than others. I honestly thought that with one more child off to school for at least part of the day that my life would be so much more peaceful... Stop laughing! It's not funny!

Those of you who have been in my shoes are not so quietly snickering at my naievete, I know. Granted, I do have a couple hours a day when the baby is taking a nap (yes, I still call my 20 month old the baby, he will always be unless we have another one... and don't hold your breath there). But those hours are consumed with playing catch-up. I know some of y'all know I finally got my story revised and sent off, now I'm editing another one that I did in a sort of ... challenge with Mysti. Her result is contracted and in the process of editing for publishing. Mine is still waiting for edits. But, I digress.

I once heard an author say, "We all have the same amount of hours in the day, it's up to us how we use them." Or something like that... I guess I should take the quotations off... Anyway, I know that everyone has the same allotment of time in their day. Everyone has a million things they need to get done. Why does it seem that I never get everything done? I know that I have quite a few irons in the fire (some that y'all have no ideas about) and I also have a distressing lack of the ability to say, "NO!" But, honestly, I don't squander my time! So, how is it that I look up and realize that the kids will be walking through the door any minute and I just barely got through emails? Or that I find after blinking my way out of a scene that I forgot to blog or put up my Hottie (which I am SUPREMELY sorry for... please forgive me) not once but twice? Where does the time go? And who the heck am I at this point in time? Mommy? Author? Wife? House-slave? Geesh... what's my name again?

Is anyone still actually reading this blog, or do y'all just pop in for the hotties? LOL, just kidding, I know y'all are around, it's ME who's been AWOL. But seriously, any suggestions on time management. I start my day with a to-do list and at the end of the day there aren't as many things crossed off as I would like. Am I reaching too far, should I just keep plugging along? I don't want to plug along, I want to accomplish something. I have quiet a few author friends and they seem to have the same problems. Does anyone out there do this without losing their sanity and their name? Just wondering... okay, and whining a bit... but seriously. Anyone?


Amber Skyze said...

Instead of doing something off the to-do list take the time to work on your writing. Whatever it was on your list will be there tomorrow. :)
With a new baby on the way for me I have to figure this stuff out too. It's been 12 yrs since I had a baby around.

Marianne Arkins said...

I was feeling equally out of control last night -- yesterday wasn't a very good day and I feel like I accomplished very little.

I am a bit of a control freak (why are you laughing?) so I sat down before bed and wrote down EVERYTHING I needed to do today (which included "Play a board game with DD").

It's a lot, but it's not insurmountable. I think if I really focus, I can get it all done with time to spare. It's the focus I was lacking yesterday, and it really messed me up.

Amber's suggestion isn't a bad one, but I'm so Type A (a friend calls me A++++++++) I can't just set work aside and know it will be waiting for me. So, I need to find a way to do it all.


I could use a few extra hours, too.

Hang in there!!

Delicious Romance From Cerise DeLand said...

I am a great believer that we are here with certain talents to do a few good things. Others, not so much. And those are best left to those who really know how to do those, or feel compelled to do so.
That is my mantra. Yeah, I still do the laundry and I am a GREAT COOK, if I say so myself, but then I get to enjoy the product too.
Just like my writing.
I get to be proud.
And earn money.
So that I can buy food to cook and buy other things...and then say, VIOLA!
I used my time the way I'm supposed to!
gotta run back to writing now....
Loved the post, babe!

cinquetta said...

I mean no harm or disrecpect but there is to-do list when you have kids under five years old. You have the list what you can get done before kids wake up from their nap. But it sound like you are handle your business continue do you and rest will follow.