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I reinvent myself on a daily basis, in both my writing and personal life. Writing I go between writing and working on my novel, doing book reviews for Romance Junkie Reviews.com, posting for this blog and working on marketing, taking writing classes etc.
In my personal life I am a care taker of my 91 yr. old Mom who lives with us. How does this change on a daily basis? One day I’m her chauffer, the next day I’m her personal assistant calling in prescriptions, setting up appointments. I take her to pedicure and hair appointments.
I put the ice pack on her knees and leg when they hurt, get her Tyleno, her heating pad, turn on the fireplace for her and fix her tea, lunch etc. I keep the house clean and I’m the chef and bottle washer.
These two parts of my life tend to clash quite often. I try planning my writing day, but frequently something from my personal life interferes. Consequently I’ve been searching for ways to focus better on my writing. When I can focus I find I can get right back to writing without too much delay after being interrupted.
On a couple of my writing loops I’ve gained some helpful suggestions.
1) I joined a goal loop for weekly word count. Having to report my word count weekly shows me how I’m doing and encourages me to write even if it is just for one or two hours a day.
2) I make daily goals for both the household: chores, appointments, chauffeuring etc. and daily goals for my writing. If I don’t scratch a goal off the list it gets put on the next day goal list. I have found I can stay better focused on both my ‘jobs’.
3) I make time for myself. To read, to relax outside, garden anything that gives me nourishment for my soul. I find with these moments of relaxation I am able to tackle problems that arise without being resentful.
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