Lately, I’ve been in need of some guidance. Lucky for me, I have a mentor…for a little while. She’s really nice and helpful, and has given me some solid advice and direction.
One of the things I’m struggling with–that I haven’t brought up with her yet–is the balance between work and the rest of life. Writing from home is working from home, and thus boundaries are blurred. Do I clock in from nine to five? Can I work hours here and there? How do I resist the temptation to always be writing or editing or submitting or promoting or networking? I don’t know. I simply don’t know.
I want to put the first things first, but how much time am I supposed to give them? It’s making me feel like a clown juggling a dozen bowling pins. And the clown is bad at juggling, so they only stay up in the air for a split second, and are now scattered across the ground.
So I’m asking you, dear self-employed friends: how do you set boundaries and what should they look like?
Here are the things in my life, in no particular order:
- Work – which includes writing, editing, submitting, research, networking (blogging, tweeting, FB-ing, etc.), etc.
- Family life (I’ll be helping my sister with my niece for a little while after Little Guy is born)
- Spiritual life
- Social life/friends
- Volunteer life (planning writing meetings, and then “teaching” them every-other week)
- Personal life (fun and reading)
How does one juggle? One pin at a time for so long (each day) I’d imagine. I guess I could set time for different things. I think I will.
Sorry. Thinking out loud.
How do YOU deal with the distractions of life and juggling the necessities?
Keep your pen on the page,