Walking the Tight Rope; Balancing Work and Life

Do you ever feel like our life has you balancing on the thinnest of tightropes? Maybe the gang of clowns dancing around below you have started flinging a few juggling balls toward you, insisting that your performance needs a little spicing up. Yeah, some days just seem impossible. I’ve a confession… those days seem to be happening more and more, now that I am working from home.

I wish I could say that I am the type of person who has it all together. The perfectly mapped out schedule… perfectly well-behaved children… the answer to all of life’s most challenging questions. Let’s face it- I’m lucky I can myself out of bed at a decent hour most mornings. And to see me before I’ve had my morning dose of caffeine… it’s nothing less than disturbing.

I’ve found that the majority of my writing is accomplished at night, although my workload has begun to outgrow that time slot. I’ve always been a night owl, so it works well for creativity. The down side? Getting up the next morning to start the day… yep, always a down side. Crawling to the coffeemaker with one eye open isn’t the most ideal way to start your day, especially when your day consists of molding young minds. Did I mention I homeschool? Yeah, all the molding and shaping of minds happens after the caffeine jump-starts mine.

I love homeschooling, and I love writing… unfortunately, they are two loves that refuse to move simultaneously. I have a beautiful planner with pretty little color-coded schedules. Every lesson, writing period, and chore is mapped out in perfect time… it is the most efficient planner I could possibly imagine. Does time work out the way I’ve mapped it? Ha, ha, ha… nope. Some days, very rare days, it all goes just peachy… then there are the rest of the days. The days that my first grader decides that the math assignment he usually flies through would be better spread out over four hours… with me tethered to his side the entire time… the entire time (yes, my exhaustion has left me to repeat myself… or is that double vision?). Those are the nights I get the least sleep. Catch up time.

I am hopeful. Where there is a will, there is always a way. I’ve found that everything seems to move in cycles, allowing me to eventually catch up on everything that has fallen wayward. Wouldn’t it be wonderful, though, if there were enough hours in the day to make it all fit? Or, just a thought… would we just fill up all of that additional time until it too overflows?

How about you? How do you tackle your busy schedule? Have you figured out how to make it all work? If so, what tips can you spare? I would love to hear from you!

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3 thoughts on “Walking the Tight Rope; Balancing Work and Life

  1. You’re definitely not alone! I am lucky to work just 7 hours a day at my dayjob, but I still have to force time for myself to write, read, and post.

    I schedule time for the three before work, during lunch, and after work. Sometimes I simply don’t get to them all, but we’re only human and can only do so much.

    Keep on, keeping on, you’ve got this!

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