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"Carve out a space in your day for quiet, uninterrupted thinking.  Exercise and feed your creative self."  ~ Penny Raife Durant

Penny Raife Durant is a children's author.  She recognizes a need. Carving out time for quiet, uninterrupted thinking is sometimes nearly impossible...but so necessary.  I can tell when I haven't been doing enough of that or spending enough time with God.  Both of these things.... time for quiet and feeding your creative self and time with God are essential for the mind.

So how does one do it?  With all the hustle and bustle of not just the holidays but basic day to day life events and necessary tasks, how does one fit in that time for what's necessary for the soul and mind?

I'm not an expert at this....I am not always successful..but there are a few things I do in my attempt to acquire that time.

  1.   Get up early -   I hate to do it. I really like sleep.  My bed calls out my name and holds me tight.  But if I'm able to get up before the youngest, I'm able to get more of those morning tasks done and just might get my time in to do bible reading and write in my gratitude journal before the pitter patter of tiny feet hit the bare wood of the downstairs hall.
  2.   Get a babysitter -  I've started to do this once a week.  I take my son to a friend's home - she's a neighbor so it's not far and my son ADORES her....   It's twofold:  he gets time that he looks forward to and I cram in as much creative writing as I can get done in 3 hours time - It's the time I spend only on my manuscripts...no blogging, no checking email, nothing other than writing unless it's directly related to my actual writing.  I know not everyone can do this.  It's a gift I've allowed myself after much deliberation and have decided that I am a better mother (and obviously a writer) if I have at least that much time per week to feed my creative self.   This isn't daily, no, but three hours of time isn't something I can do daily and it helps the other days of limited time not feel so bad.
  3. Make a morning routine -  I learned years ago about making a morning routine from Flylady.  I do much better if I stick to my routine.  🙂  Having that list keeps me focused and helps me work more quickly.
  4. Limit Myself From Facebook and Other Distractions -  If I let myself take part in Facebook too early in the day, I'm distracted and lose sense of time.  I get pulled into it and keep wanting to check comments, etc.  If I force myself to leave it alone until I have all my tasks on my 'daily routine list', I get more done in a timely fashion and find out I can get a little extra time for me later in the day.
  5. Incorporate the time into your daily routine - If you actually write it down as part of your regular routine, you are more apt to do it.  Publishing my post for the day is actually on my routine list right after rebooting the laundry, writing in my gratitude journal and reading bible stories with my son.

These are a few pointers from me to you on how to find ways to fit in that personal time for your soul and creative self.  Maybe you have some ideas to share as well?  I'd love to hear them!!

Random Thoughts on a Saturday:

  • Whether you are a published author or an unpublished writer, treat your writing as a job.  It is important.  It does take time.  Give it the time it deserves.
  • Juggling that time with being a homeschool mom, cooking from scratch, being the mom of a toddler, giving time to your husband, kids and friends, finding time with God, sleeping, etc. is very HARD!
  • Throwing out your credit card accidentally with a paper towel while holding them with a gloved hand really can happen....but not such a good thing...though life goes on...
  • It certainly is easier to fall behind than get ahead.... true words spoken by a 15-year-old boy in this household
  • Stephen King has not lost his touch....  and in my opinion, is the only writer that can pull off such an amazing sequel to an incredibly amazing novel.  He is a talented author - whether you like his genre or not... he's amazing.