For people who work full-time it’s a challenge to create a balance between the day job and family life. For writers who also have a day job it can be even harder because we have two jobs and family to juggle. The dream for me is to write full-time. But until the writing is paying all the bills with some left over for spending money, a day job is a necessary evil. For three weeks about a month ago I had the good fortune to work from home. It hit home how much I could get used to already being home. That no commute thing was awesome. But now I’m back at work. Driving an hour to the office and an hour home again. Trouble is I’m a night person and don’t get to the writing until later in the evening. Which doesn’t leave me much actual writing time. So I stay up later. And get up later. Therefore get to work later. And the cycle repeats.
The new work spaces at the day job have really motivated me though, to get more balance in my life. To concentrate on the writing and the dream of writing full-time. We had a big project at work that had a few in my team working over time. I should feel guilty for not staying as long as the others, not worrying as much as the others. But it hit me about half way through the project that it was job. Family is what matters. I also am more eager to do a good job at work. Not sure if it’s spring in the air making me in a good mood. Or the decision to work towards accomplishing my writing full-time dream. I’ve picked a date, a realistic one, to start the full-time writing journey. Now that I know when I can work on getting well written books out there and following a marketing plan. I’ll still stay late at work if needed, but not as long as some other employees.
Part of the balance is not just putting family first but actually spending time with them. Not staying late at work every night doesn’t do me much good if I’m not spending quality time with my family. My fiancé and cats get me most of the time. This past Friday we went to a local hockey game. It was a great night out, one we’ve needed for long time. It was a great way to celebrate the end of a the big project at work. Plus every Thursday me and my fiancé visit my sister, parents and niece for dinner.
I have a new goal starting tomorrow. Get up earlier so I can be at work earlier. If I can get home from work before 6 PM I’ll have more time to write. More time to spend with family. I won’t let the day job take away from my home life. I don’t think any job is worth that. There are solutions. If I need to put in more hours I have the ability to work from home. I can still put in extra hours plus get cuddle time with the cats and my fiancé.
How do you create a balance in your life?
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