Tracy S. Morris

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Time Management

Written By: Tracy - Feb• 29•12

Given the new demands on my time, I’ve been very interested in time management. So when today’s guest blogger offered to write a blog for me, I wanted to hear about how she manages to get everything done. I hope you enjoy this post
– T.

Hi! My name is Jennifer Allis Provost, and Tracy has asked me to write a brief post about time management. Why am I a Subject Matter Expert with regard to this skill set? Well, I happen to be the mother of twins.

When I began writing seriously, it wasn’t so hard to fit it into my busy schedule. I was going to school and working, but I wrote on my lunch break, between classes, and at the library. I even wrote when I got home from the library, sometimes straight through to the wee hours of the morning. This pattern continued while I was pregnant, with the exception of me tiring out a lot earlier than usual.
Honestly, it never occurred to me that being a mom would cut into my writing time.

Yeah, I know. What a fool I was!

Actually, in the beginning it wasn’t so bad. My kids slept a lot, and we (me, the Wonder Twins, and my laptop) spent copious amounts of time in the living room. When one—or both—babies woke, I was there, and when they nodded off I either slept or wrote. My schedule became variations of napping, writing, and breastfeeding; throw in a few cups of coffee and some diaper changes, and you have a pretty accurate picture of my maternity leave. During this time I finished my second novel, Heir to the Sun.

Then, the most unfair, the most heinous act ever… uh… acted occurred: I had to return to my day job. Suddenly, writing was pushed into the wee corners of the day, and I was lucky to squeeze in a few hundred words per day. Was my writing career over?

Thankfully, no. When the Wonder Twins were about five months old, they started sleeping through the night. It was pretty erratic at first, but within a few weeks not only were they sleeping for several hours at a time, but they were sleeping at the same time.

Once again, we all settled into a routine, and we’ve maintained. I get up about an hour before they do and write in the morning, or take care of “housekeeping” items like returning emails. Once the twins are in bed, I write for 2-3 hours, or until I can’t keep my eyes open. Usually, it’s the latter.

As you can see, my writing times were pretty rocky for a while, but it all managed to level out. Mind you, I’m lucky in that the twins started sleeping for long stretches pretty early, but while I was home I wrote during their naps. And, on those days where they just didn’t want to sleep at all!), I unplugged the laptop and we all played together. After all, babies are babies for such a short amount of time.

Oh, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my husband, who is beyond awesome. Without him, none of this would have happened (twins included!).

So how do you maintain your writing career while raising kids? Flexibility, tenacity, and a sense of humor are key attributes. You might develop a severe dependency on caffeine, and you might forget to eat for a day or three. But really, it’s all doable. Now, about that laundry…

Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, two birds, three cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.


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