Since writing is not my full time job, sometimes I find it hard to keep up with my blog. There, I said it. Since I started this blog in 2012 there have been some pretty lengthy periods of hiatus. In fact, I was worried that this summer might get back to that because of the crazy summer hours schedule. Fortunately, I managed to find my way through and while there might have been some weeks that my posting was on the lean side, I managed to get in a couple of posts at a minimum each week (except for that vacation week with no wifi).
The last two weeks have been even busier. I have been working all day, house shopping in the evenings, followed by working a few more hours before bed, and traveling on the weekend. My regular writing time is each morning while I’m having coffee. I can usually squeeze in anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. That isn’t much time, but I make it work. Unfortunately, the consequence of spending late nights working is sleeping in a little in the morning, and leaving almost no time for writing. While I’ve still managed to get a couple of posts up both weeks, they haven’t been of any real substance.
But here is my key point. We self-impose busy-ness, and then we are disappointed when we don’t have (or make) time for the things we really enjoy. I truly enjoy writing for my blog, but I have to make it part of my routine or it won’t happen on a regular basis. So during the last two weeks, while I had a bunch of self-imposed busy-ness happening, I valued writing for my blog enough to include it in my routine. Because for me, if I let it slip out of my routine, it becomes extra hard to fit it back in.
So, while I was just putting a couple of my regular weekly posts over the last couple of weeks, at least my gears haven’t stopped turning. A bunch of ideas for posts have popped into my head over the last couple of weeks. With time being short for actual writing, I’ve used those few spare minutes I did make for adding blog titles and ideas to draft posts. I’ve got a pretty good queue going now. Of course, not all of those ideas are ready to be fully fleshed out and some may not make it to the blog at all, but spending even five minutes in a morning jotting down ideas has been valuable and has continued to keep blogging part of my daily routine.
I’m grateful that I found a way to keep my morning writing a part of my routine over the last couple of weeks even if it hasn’t been “full on” writing, but I’m even happier that I’m back into my regular routine of writing a full-length post most days of the week. It makes me smile. (Be sure to check out other things that are making folks smile this week over at Olives n’ Wine!)
I would love to hear other bloggers thoughts on this.
How do you keep writing as a part of your routine when life takes over?