Work/Life Balance

January 25, 2019 | Categorised in:

Unfortunately, we’re not all JK Rowling; not everyone can write what they want for a living, most of us even have day jobs. Writing for passion, while fulfilling, is not always financially secure, and requires planning and scheduling. Creating a work/life balance, while setting aside time specifically for working on your project is important; not only so you can meet your deadlines, but also, to allow you to work on something you love as well as the things that you need to do in order to maintain your lifestyle.

Not everyone is a planner. There are some people who plan out every hour of every day, then there are the ones that do what they feel needs to be done when it needs to be done. Regardless of how strategic your planning method, we recommend that you do set aside time solely to work on your writing project.

 

Scheduling For the Planners

 

If you are a planner, figure out how much time per day, or week, that you would like to dedicate to your project. Once you have your schedule for the week, including times for taking care of household chores and physical/mental health, see where you have, or can make, time to write. If you see that you need more time, adjust your schedule accordingly. Make sure that you’re not scheduling yourself too thin, and still take time to take care of yourself and your other daily obligations. If you find yourself stressing out about your writing, try cutting back your time, or taking a day or two off. Forcing yourself to write is not conducive to creativity.

 

Scheduling For the Non-planners

 

If you’re not a planner, give yourself a mental checklist of what you would like to accomplish and when. For example, if you’d like to have a chapter written a month, give yourself a page or word count that you would like to hit per week, and plan your writing time accordingly. If you know your work schedule for the week, go ahead and have an idea of how long you would like to write on the days that you will have the time.

Even if you’re not a planner, it is still good practice to not neglect your other chores that need to be done. If you’re like me, you may even need to set reminders in your phone to make sure you’re still setting aside time to pay bills, do laundry, and take care of other important tasks.

 

Schedule Your Marketing

 

Writing isn’t the only part of self-publishing that takes time. If you’re marketing your book, scheduling time to post about your book is also very important. Luckily most platforms have the option to save drafts and pre-schedule posts. So if you have a half hour- or so on a day that you don’t typically post things, you can go ahead and draft them out and save them, that way you can go back in quickly when you do want to post it, and it’s there, ready to go. Again, if you’re not a planner, you can still get some posts ready ahead of time for whenever you’ll want to post them.

 

Schedule Time for Yourself

 

Maintaining a work-life balance also includes taking time to spend with friends and family. Your support system will not only revitalize you, but they can also offer insight, and may even accidentally inspire you. Sometimes, especially when you’re experiencing a block, having your brain focus on something else for a while will allow a solution to develop. There is nothing wrong with taking a break from something that you’re working hard on.

 

While writing is important, making sure you spend time for yourself and with your friends and family are just as important. Remember to not let your chores go by the wayside while you’re writing. Create a work/life balance that works best for you by setting aside time specifically for your writing, work, chores, health, and social life for the most rewarding writing experience.


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