I often joke around about the teetering monster made of dirty clothes on the floor in my laundry room. Okay, maybe it isn't a joke so much as reality. Shameful admission time: I suck at house work. I'd much prefer sitting in front of my computer tweeting, blogging, or just plain writing. If I'm not in front of the computer chances are I have my Kindle or a book stashed nearby.
Oh yeah and I have a family.
Funny? Not really. As amazing and forgiving as they are, I know I tend to get so wrapped up in my own little world that I am sometimes neglectful.
The following is a dramatization. Maybe.
Kid: "Mommy I'm hungry!"
Me: "Go get a snack." *types*
Kid: "Mommy I don't have any clean clothes!" (See what I mean about the laundry?)
Me: "Re-wear something." *continues typing*
Kid: "Mommy the house is burning down."
Me: "Shh! I just have to finish this scene." *types feverishly*
Well okay, if the house were burning down I'm sure I'd do something about it. But you get the idea.
Often times we hear people say they don't have time to write. But is the opposite true as well? Can you write too much? I may be an example of just that. So what should I do about it? Here's my plan:
- Shut the computer when the kids get home until they're in bed.
- Keep a detailed schedule that I refer back to often (like I used to do at my "day" job) to make sure I don't miss anything important in the real world.
- Teach the kids to do their own laundry. - Well okay maybe that's just wishful thinking.
So tell me, what balance issues do you have? Online vs. writing time? Family vs. writing? And what plan can you use to make it better? Perhaps if we keep each other accountable it will help us remain on track.