Holy cow! It’s been an insanely busy couple of months in the Butler household. Moving took up so much time I didn’t even have time to blog here. I finally got internet at the new place, so it’s been a little easier to get online now that I’m not blowing through my high speed mobile data so fast. I’m gonna tell you guys… trying to crawl the web at lower data speeds is sooo annoying.
Now, I’m trying to figure out a new routine that works. I fell off my bullet journal because I was so tired, so I’m going to be getting back into that soon to get myself and my life back into some kind of less chaotic order. My biggest problem I’m having is time management, because sometimes I feel like there’s not enough hours in a day to do things I need to do, but then I realize I’m probably just not utilizing my time well.
I thought about getting one of those hourly planners, but honestly, they’re made for folks that are awake during the day, and my Sucky Day Job is actually an overnight position so most of the time those hours in those planners are pretty much my sleeping time. Maybe I’ll just figure out my own spread.
Anyway, so writing. Moving sucked a lot of time away from writing these last couple months, but I’ve maintained a somewhat semi-regular schedule, though I’ve split the time between two different projects. It’s probably smarter to concentrate on one, but honestly, I’ve never worked well that way. Might say I have commitment issues when it comes to focusing on one project. Haha.
But there has been forward motion, albeit small steps.
The biggest thing I’ve had to do in relation to finding time to write is realizing that it’s a slower process now that I’m working full time as well. I was feeling like a failure because I wasn’t working as fast as I was before I took that writing hiatus, but I realize now that I had to transition from that mindset. Writing 5000 words a day as a full time writer is one thing. Writing 5000 words a day while working 46 hours a week is a ridiculously hard goal. I’m a fast writer, but I never took into account how physically and mentally exhausted working full time made me. Some days, I just didn’t want to write. Others, I was too tired to concentrate.
So it’s been a real learning process these last few months, figuring out how to do this writing gig with a full-time job and not burn myself out. I think that I’m doing okay with it now, even though it’s been way slower than I’m used to. Starting up Section Five again has been good for me for this, as in I’ve been teaching myself better habits, and how to be more regular with posts. The best part is that I’m getting great emails from you guys about it, and that’s more motivating than anything else.
Section Five is teaching me how to be a writer again, and that’s amazing to me, considering when I came back after my two year hiatus, I didn’t know where to start or how to pick up the pieces of the mess I’d left. I mean, I’d even let my website expire at that point. Basically, everything was broken and it made me want to crawl back into the dark hole I’d been in and never come out.
Okay, it’s time for me to stop rambling and get a little writing done before I need to head to work. Before I forget to tell you, don’t forget to check out this week’s Section Five post. If you like it, share the link with a friend. Y’all have a fantastic week, and don’t forget to check out new Section Five every Friday, and new posts here (mostly) every Tuesday, except when I’m traveling or moving, apparently. Haha.
Oh, and if you guys have any ideas about writing topics you’d like me to talk about, feel free to send them to me, or just drop a comment. I mostly just talk about what’s going on in my writing, and what’s on my mind, but I’m happy to address anything you might want to talk about, too.
Alright, I’m really out of here now. Love you guys! <3