Getting a Life
I’ve recently read two great articles on the hectic, demanding life of bloggers and writers. The first was Maintaining a Blog/Life Balance written by Darren Rowse. The second was by Wendy Boswell and called How to get things done working inside and outside the home.The issue of scheduling came up in both articles. Finding a balance between writing or blogging and the rest of life is a delicate balancing act. Since starting to blog seriously in March I have found that the pressure to post has sometimes taken a little enjoyment out of the whole process. Yet the challenge is there and is, in itself, enjoyable. I have certainly done far more writing in the last four months than ever before. And that has to be good.
Some of my frustrations – in no particular order:
- I have been trying to establish myself as a writer of children’s books for over 20 years while at the same time teaching full time (until 2 years ago).
- I have been trying to get things done around the house – like basic maintenance – that has been neglected for far too many years.
- The frustration of trying to write full time while ill over the last 2 years. I’m much better now but I sometimes feel I have to make up for lost time.
- The demands of trying to get serious about blogging – which means less time for traditional print writing projects.
- The concept of trying to enjoy ‘retirement’ from teaching. I seem busier than ever.
- The demands of family and friends – often very relaxing and necessary but a distraction from writing.
- The demands of the community and the various committees I sit on and community groups I am interested in supporting.
That’s enough whingeing.
What to do about it?
Darren’s article has some simple, basic, commonsense suggestions:
…over the last 12 months Iâ€™ve met a number of bloggers who have seriously worried me in terms of their blog obsession (â€blogsessionâ€).
Creating a healthy blog/life balance is important and for me includes:
- having days off
- taking longer vacations
- having times during the day that are set aside for family
- setting time aside for exercise
- prioritizing time for face to face interactions with people
- developing other hobbies
- setting limits on how late youâ€™ll stay up and when youâ€™ll go to bed
Great ideas. I know one that has me particularly concerned: “settting aside time for exercise”. I had plenty of exercise last year training for my trek towards Everest in January (read my Travel Blog – click here). I was walking some 2 to 3 hours daily in preparation. On my return I lapsed into old habits and this year I’ve started putting on the weight I lost during my preparation and on the trek.
Add to the lack of exercise is the recent news from my doctor that I am diabetic. We’ve got a good handle on the diet side of things, but the regular exercise I need to lick now. It is too tempting to just stay inside on cold days like we’ve been having in recent weeks.
I think I’ll stop now and go outside and do some gardening.