Time and Uncertainty - IWSG September
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This month's reflective question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
Writing is always part of my day, in some form or another. I have notepads and pens placed around the house and in my handbags, and my mobile phone is close at hand, so any ideas that pop into my head are quickly written down or recorded. For actual sitting down at my computer and writing, I plan!! Normally on a Sunday evening or a Saturday when my husband is watching Bayern München play football, I plan my writing week. My best time for actually writing is first thing in the morning before the day starts to interfere with my routine. I retreat to my office space (the spare bedroom), close the door and don't allow anything to disturb me until I've accomplished what I set out to do. Naturally, as with us all, if I hit a stumbling block on a particular day, I either leave that piece and come back to it, go onto something different, or take a break - without beating myself up.
My main insecurity this month has been 'uncertainty'.
I used to have a top job that gave me financial independence, confidence because I was extremely good at it, self-worth and daily doses of motivation and adrenaline. It did come hand in hand with truck loads of stress and I was working 14 hour days - sometimes including weekends. Three years ago, I decided to leave that job in order to concentrate on my writing, as well as finally having time for my family. But I do miss the financial independance - I thought I would have at least earned some money from my writing by now. My confidence has dipped due to the lack of results - hard work is supposed to pay off but I'm not seeing that just yet and my motivation to continue down this lonely track is dwindling. Do you have these feelings of uncertainty at times? How do you manage them?