When you wake up, whatever time that is, with a toddler dragging you out of bed by one arm or the baby is crying and the husband can’t find his work socks (which, funny enough, are in the sock draw) it’s like you wake up on the backfoot. You feel like you then spend the rest of the day trying to catch up.
I’ve read so many advice articles that repeatedly enforce the concept of waking up half an hour before everyone else for some alone time so that you start the day awake and ready. The idea of waking up before everyone thrills me like a bullet to the head. My toddler is not a sleeper, he is an early riser, like a 4am early riser. So really, that advice can go jump, and it makes me want to punch anyone who gives it in the face.
But they are right (unfortunately) and we all need some time to recharge each day. So I have had to be a little more creative to make it work for me. My “alone time” is often the time when I write. This is what I enjoy and it’s my way of de-stressing. Some people hand-write in journals, I write random rants to my imaginary friends and share it with the whole world on the internet. A lot of people ask how do I have the time to do this so here it is… my great secret…
Just kidding, I don’t have one.
But seriously, I like to be organised. I do everything ahead of time. I think 3 hours in front of myself. So then when I do get some peace, I can actually make the best of it as everything is already done. Mornings are organised the night before, lunch is organised while kids eat breakfast, dinner is done at lunch time.
I enjoy writing as a way to clear my head. It might be a vent, an idea, a recipe. Whatever, it doesn’t matter much. But sometimes putting your thoughts into words can have a calming effect. It’s like getting all of those ducks in a row. I don’t consider myself particularly talented at writing, and I don’t really care if you think so. I do it for myself, and if other people do get some value from it then that is just a bonus for me.
Being awake during the night helps a lot, no seriously, it does! Just think, you always have your greatest ideas at the most inopportune moments. So I write them down. I use the app on my phone to write my ideas down. So when I wake up in the morning I can jump on my laptop and fluff them out into a post. Sometimes I might wake several times a night with an idea. Sometimes I am awake with the baby and stuck to the couch feeding so I mostly draft up something on my phone.
However and where ever I do it, I always feel better afterwards. I am sure there are plenty of other bloggers who know exactly what I am talking about.
So for other busy Mums wanting to find the time to write, my advice is this:
- Be organised, do what you need to get done first.
- Multitask, use your tablet or phone to draft ideas while waiting for appointments or feeding the baby.
- Write your ideas down as soon as they come to you. You won’t remember it later. Trust me. We all say that but it rarely happens.
I would love to hear from other Mummy-Bloggers and see what advice they have?