Thursday, June 15, 2017

Your Turn: Finding Time in the Summer (Jill)

Picnics, play dates, trips to the pool, vacations, ball games--these things and more fill summer days. And when our summer activities start, my work schedule...well, let's just say I'm not very productive. Most summers, I've just brushed the computer aside and waited until September showed up to get any work done.

But this summer is different.

I've made a promise to myself. I want the first draft of my work in progress to be finished by the end of June. It doesn't have to be pretty; it just has to be done. Afterwards, I can revise, revise, revise, but I want to have the story completed by June 30th.

When my girls were smaller, I made allowances and worked when my husband was home. Since my girls are a little older now, I can say things like, "For the next hour, don't bother me unless someone is bleeding or dying." That usually works. 

So I'm wondering: do you have any tried and true techniques to carve out that necessary time? When your schedule's all messed up, but a project looms that must be done, what do you do to get it completed?  We'd love to hear how you handle it. Share in the comments below!


  1. I know exactly what you mean, Jill, I have the same problem during the summer! Last year I ended up hiring a babysitter for my boys one morning a week. I stayed home and just camped out in my room to write while they played :) I also try to find opportunities to get things done while I'm outside, but it isn't easy!

  2. It's nice to know I'm not alone in this. I think this problem might be true for a lot of moms and dads who are self-employed. But I still treasure these summer days when I can spend more time with my girls. :-)


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