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Balancing School, Work, and Writing

Do you hold a full-time job or school schedule? Finding it hard to balance your responsibilities and your writing schedule? Most of us have a life outside of our writing career. The trick is learning how to balance it all.

Here are a few tricks I’ve learned while balancing all of these obstacles at the same time. It’s not easy, but they have proven effective.

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Try not to feel overwhelmed! If you are putting too much on your plate, take some time to sit down and plan your schedule. If you have work hours, block out the hours you are at work. If you are a student, you’ll block out your classes and specific time for studying.

Schedule

 

My trick was to write at night. Now, I will admit that I lost sleep due to my schedule. However, being a mom on top of having to juggle all these obstacles can be tricky. I worked and went to school during the week. After 5pm, I designated 2-3 hours a day for writing. On weekends, I was able to carve out more time depending on my plans.

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Don’t feel alone. People like J.K. Rowling, T.S. Elliot, and Harper Lee all held full-time jobs while writing. You can do it if you put your mind to it.

Write Every day!

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Even if you don’t write for hours on end, you can still carve out time to write. Try to keep up your schedule. Even if you only write a little, you’ll still be in the habit. You won’t lose your momentum. Keep at it and you’ll find what works for you. Try not to feel discouraged. If you can’t write every day, don’t fret. It’s okay. Everyone has a different process. Just try.

Take a Social Media Break

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There are so many amazing things about social media. Sometimes it’s good to put it away and forget about it. Are you too involved online? Take a break and write. You won’t lose it if you step away. You will gain clarity and you’ll feel a little less frazzled by all those notifications. People will understand you need to step away for a few hours. It will amaze you to spend a day or a few days without looking down at your phone or computer. You’ll see the world differently.

Prioritize

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Easier said than done, right? If you have problems prioritizing, start with one day. Make a list of what you need to do. Then, order them. What is the most important? Where does your writing fit in? How can you manage it? Try carving out 1-2 hours where you can be productive. If you can’t, it isn’t the end of the world. There’s always tomorrow. Do what is best for you.

Have Fun!

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Don’t forget to include fun into your day! If you are so scheduled that you are stressing out and getting anxiety over not having enough hours in the day, stop! Breathe. Go out with friends, go to the movies, spend time with your spouse, or play with a pet. Whatever brings you joy, do it! Life shouldn’t be all work and no play. Go on with your bad self! Dance, sing, jump or read a book.

 

Writing is a passion. If you want to write, you’ll find what works for you. Balancing your life is going to be hard regardless. Just remember to keep writing. Your craft is something to be proud of.

 

Happy Writing!

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