I have discovered how having a busy life away from my computer (usually due to work, but increasingly right now because I’m trying to keep off it and use less electricity) leads to my inability to put digital pen to digital paper.
I’ve never been one to be able to schedule a period of time on a given day of the week for writing; my thoughts don’t work like this. It would work as well for me as a partner suggesting we have sex at a given time on a specific day of the week; it’s not going to happen. Not only (in both cases) would that lead me to be anxious for the days and hours before hand, but would then lead to a total lack of words and actions when the time arrived! This is perhaps why I’m single!
How other people manage these things boggles my mind.
I see other people going out to their daily jobs at the crack of dawn and returning home at the same time each evening. With this there is no time for self and little time for mindfulness which seems to be not so good a deal for the planet. Perhaps there is a little time for thinking, but these thoughts aren’t allowed to develop further; they just flitter away on the unseen breeze.
I am fortunate in that my working schedule chops and changes, waxes and wanes, something that could seem to be a problem for someone who is used to a standard 9-5, but I’ve grown into it, and I have learned to “work” around it, or live around it. Now I doubt I could cope with any sort of regular job, and I fear the prospect of being forced down that path for whatever reason; changing demand for my services, or family and changing financial commitments. But I also feel sorry for others who trudge off to their worker-day lives, seemingly lost to the mindlessness of it, although perhaps actually enjoying the life they know, just as I enjoy the life I know.
For now I will stick to my routine of not writing blog posts under the shadow of a calendar or clock (although I have tried), instead writing at random, about random things, and instead of posting a million things on one day, because that was a day when I had no work to do, I will continue to secretly schedule each one for a different day, so not burden my regular readers too much 😉
I am totally with you on this. I used to work part-time and home educate two children so I had very little time for writing. In the end the only solution was to write full-time (I have a partner so although we’re quite hard up we do have some income) and let the creativity dictate when. However I do find that having a timetable helps: I get to my desk by 9.30 and stay there until around 5, with a little time out for lunch and a walk.
On my days off from actually going out to work I too can spend the day writing up a few posts; I love how I can get all that stuff out like that… I just don’t plan for it, but I know I need that freedom to just sit and ponder and write; that’s how my creativity rolls 😀
I usually have pieces in hand, near-finished and ready to post, but space them at intervals because, without such a buffer, I would feel pressured to produce more, and I find it hard to write under pressure. I’ve just written a piece about halloween, but it makes sense to save that for October.
I too had some ideas for some seasonal posts while out of season, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to write them up and have them scheduled to post that far ahead. Sometimes I kick myself for not having got something down on ‘paper’ while it was fresh on my mind. Other times I have started a post and never finish it because the moment passes.
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