Four Steps to Juggling
I’m an author of close to thirty titles. I’m also a mother of three boys. Three boys under the age of 10. Yes. You read that right. Maybe you’ll want to read it again. Three boys under the age of 10 and I write erotic romances. I also have a full time and a husband who occasionally would like his time, too.
So, how do I do it?
I’m a very good juggler. Honestly, I have to be. Now, if you’ve ever been to a circus, a Renaissance Festival, or some other entertainment that involves jugglers, you know that they sometimes make an error and items fall. The same happens to me. Here are some things you can do to keep the pins, balls, life from hitting the ground.
1. Use a calendar. I schedule everything. I schedule when my writings-in-process are supposed to be done. I schedule all of my sons’ activities. I also schedule time for one-on-one time with my husband.
2. Plan accordingly. This is different from number one, but one of the things I’ve learned is to plan accordingly. I do plan when I can do things as to not have too many events, stories, etc. due all at the same time. You need to keep a detailed schedule in order to plan, yes, but a detailed calendar doesn’t mean diddly-do-dah unless you use it to plan.
3. Know your limits. I know what I can do and what I cannot. That’s taken a lot of trial and error. You must know what you can do both as a writer and as a parent. Be realistic.
4. Say no. Sounds simple, right? Telling someone no isn’t always easy or simple. Especially when it’s your boss, your publisher or your family. Once you know your limits, you can start telling people no and declining overbooking yourself and overextending yourself.
Using these four steps help me become a very good juggler. It also allows me to bring my stories to you. If you use these steps, you’ll be able to juggle too.