Whilst writing yesterday’s post Note 255 – Writing commitments as a busy parent, I googled write-life balance to see if anyone had written about how to balance writing and life and The Writing/Life Balance by Jamie Raintree was the only article that I could see that title in. I am so glad I read it and it’s given me some inspiration for today’s blog post.
Jamie’s article is all about putting things into perspective and prioritising the family over everything else. She has encouraged me to rethink my writing plan and goals now, rather than leave it for another day. In Jamie’s story she explains when things hit home for her; it took an illness in the family for her to realise how far her priorities had strayed. She writes:
“I had put desire to churn out a book every year before the commitment I’d made to my family so many years ago. I’d lost sight of how much they needed my full and undivided presence for longer than it took to eat dinner each night.”
Writing plans and goals
My family are very important to me, but I sometimes get so caught up with my writing goals that I forget to spend time with them (did I just say that?). I think they don’t notice when I sneak off now and again to research my next article or finish a blog post. From today, I will make a conscious effort to give my family more of my attention and make sure my writing plan works for them as well as me.
Reading this article was great timing as I was going to rejig my writing plan anyway. This is the plan I created in October last year and pinned on the wall as part of lesson one of the Daily Writing Tips Freelance Writing course. I haven’t looked at it for a while and not entirely sure I’m following it anyway.
I also think it’s important to have goals and these will not only be different for everyone, but should be revisited often. Goals can cover all areas of your life but most of the time they will focus on one or two main areas. What I feel I need to do now is focus on what I want to achieve with my writing and also remind myself of the commitment to my family. I will always be a writer, but my children won’t always be five and seven – and I don’t want to look back with regret.
I’ll let you know how I get on and in the meantime if you have any other tips on this subject I would love to hear from you.
Thank you Jamie for such a great post and for inspiring me today.