New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Jennifer Probst talks about TAKING THE TIME...
About Jennifer Probst:
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons, one 4 and one 6, keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy and erotic romance with Entangled, Pocket, and Decadent.
I’ve always had to juggle a 9-5 office job amidst an exploding home life and chaos. I stopped whining about it because there was no choice, and I’m one of those people who rather try to look at the upside. Like: I had a job and can pay my bills. Like: my kids were lucky enough to have my mom babysit. Like: I had a great boss who allowed me plenty of sick time without guilt.
When I got laid off, it was a different type of fear. How would we survive? I pieced together some flexible part-time jobs and eventually became blessed to be able to juggle a full-time writing career.
Working from home? A picnic, I thought. Being in my pjs, taking care of my kids, long lazy mornings. My lottery ticket had come in.
I work longer hours now. I have no clear cut end to my word day so I instituted word count to help manage my time schedule. Since I am no longer “away” at an actual office, my children barge in and out consistently, all day long, with requests from everything to chocolate milk to changing the tv channel. It is hard for them to respect my work. My son actually admitted I spend too many hours on “my lazy computer” and not enough time playing with them. When my husband comes home and asks about my day, I can only mutter snippets about plot and character – which make no sense to him – as he stares in befuddlement because I’ve been home all day and dinner isn’t ready.
What’s a mom to do?
I take me time to balance the madness. Seems counterproductive but the result works. If I spend all day attached to my computer, taking care of kids, doing household tasks, and work into the evening – where is my time? Nonexistent. Then I get grouchy. And no one is happy.
Instead, I’m trying to set more boundaries. More structured time that my family can learn to respect when I am working. In the summer, I’ll spend my morning working and my children have to leave me alone. For their reward, I take a few hours in the afternoon and we go to the park, or I read to them, or we go have fun. It’s good for all of us. I break up my evening now – if there’s a night I want to relax with tv, I make sure to log in evening hours the next night.
When they’re in school, I need to accept at 3:00pm my time ends. It’s now their time. Give and take, the endless shuffle, juggling, and dancing that comes with motherhood and working at home.
How do you handle your time? Do you have trouble taking time for you? Come share with me!
For more about Jennifer...
Website and Blog: http://www.jenniferprobst.com
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