Monday, August 26, 2013

Work Is Killing Me!

I apologize for not being able to make the rounds and visit your blogs like I should. It was a crazy week where I logged nearly 1000 miles in my car, and this week looks to be more of the same. It seems I'm losing visitors every week, but such is the nature of the blogosphere.

Craziness is the nature of my job, and when I'm in town, it's great. But I travel 50% of the time, and my travel is usually by car. Not so fun, although it does give me plenty of time to sit there and think. Or sing along to the radio.

Which got me thinking, how do you manage your day job and pursue whatever your passion is? Most of you are writers, but I do know some of you also love music and/or art. I know of some writers that don't have to work a job, per se, but do run a household. That can be a big time and energy drain too.

So how do you juggle a busy schedule, a hectic work week, and your true love you wish you could pursue full time?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't think I could handle that much travel time.
I just make certain things priorities in my life and let the rest go. Fortunately I can blog from work as music consumes much of my evening time.

Melanie Schulz said...

I'm not allowed to blog/follow from work- the patient's probably wouldn't appreciate it too much, and home isn't much better. So I squeeze it in when I can, which isn't nearly as much as I should.

Cherie Reich said...

I think driving that much would drive me crazy. LOL! For hectic work weeks, it can take a toll. Luckily, I work at a small academic library, so I do often have some free time to write/blog/etc. It's never enough, though.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Yeah you're one of the lucky ones that can blog during the day. I try to (like right now), but I can usually only do that on Mondays when I'm home.

Melanie: We're in the same boat. Not much time, so you just have to be more efficient.

Cherie: That's still pretty good. You do get time during the week when you're finished with stuff or have that free time. When I have free time, I'm usually trying to stretch out my stiff back. Lol

Morgan said...

I just feel SO LUCKY that I get to stay home with my kids. So even though it's busy, I feel like I have it a lot easier than most of you... I can't imagine trying to write after a full day of work and all that commuting! Crazy, Jay.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm self-employed, but that doesn't give me a lot of extra time. If nothing else, I'm twice as busy.

Veronica Sicoe said...

I have a full-time job which only allows me to write in-between now and then, and some days are so tiresome that I get home and barely manage to resuscitate half a neuron to watch the Discovery Channel or read a few pages.

How do I juggle the job and writing (and blogging, etc.)? I write slower. It takes me considerably longer to finish something than someone who doesn't have to flip his attention around between ten things every day, but I eventually finish. As for blogging? It used to be second in line to writing, and even took over when I wasn't in the "flow", but ever since the pregnancy (and soon, the baby) I've cut back on blogging. I enjoy it, but the ROI is far inferior to that of finishing my novel & publishing it, while still keeping my job and my family sane. ;)

Robin said...

I don't blame you for not being able to keep it together. People who travel so much for work are missing out on family time. So, when they are home, the family comes next. Frankly, I am shocked that you wrote your book(s). Do you sleep????

Did you see my belated comment on your last post that I tagged you out LAST Thursday (not the most recent post, but the one on the 15th?)?

Jay Noel said...

Morgan: You are very lucky. I'm the one pulling in the income, so I've got responsibilities. It's tough, but nothing you really want is ever easy.

L. Diane: I've worked with a ton of self employed people. Business owners live and breathe their business pretty much every waking moment.

Veronica: I noticed your posts are less frequent, but if that's what you gotta do...I did the same thing. I now only post on Mondays. Time is the one thing you can't buy more of.

Robin: I'm shocked too. I typically write when the world is asleep (my world, anyway). So yeah, I'm pretty much exhausted. I'll check out that post.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Wow. 1000 hours Jay. That's an insane schedule. I try and squeeze in art whenever I can, but other than that my schedule stays full. Stay safe driving Man.

Mark Noce said...

Darn work gettign in the way...really cuts into your writing time. I feel your pain:)

Christine Rains said...

I completely sympathize. It's tough not being able to get to do what one loves all the time. I squeeze in a few minutes here and there. I also make sacrifices in other areas. I use all my free time for writing or related activities.

mooderino said...

I find audiobooks good for long journeys.


jaybird said...

I have no idea how you keep up that pace. I used to work in Marketing and Public Relations, and in that capacity I did a fair amount of traveling and driving. But that was BK. (Before kids.) Now, I only work out of the home one day a week. I would never have the energy to keep up with my old pace, work those kind of hours, travel, take care of my kids and find time to write! People who can do this simply amaze me. I, am definitely not one of them.

M Pax said...

Well, I see you on FB :D

I'd hate to be on the road that much. I suppose you get a recorder and write by voice while you drive. When I did work, I set aside certain times to write.

Emily R. King said...

You're working yourself to death!

Balance between life and work is hard, Jay. When you find the magical combination, I suggest you bottle it and sell it! Until then, hang in there!

Jay Noel said...

Maurice: It's just me and my car

Mark: I'm stuck in the rat race!

Christine: That's pretty much what I have to do

moody: Hm...Don't know why I haven't thought of that.

jaybird: It's not easy. I actually love my job - it suits me well. But the time suck!

Mary: True! I'm on there a lot. You know, that's a fantastic idea. So many times I forget cool ideas I have. I should use Dragon Dictation on my phone or something

Emily: I know it! I'd make a gazillion dollars.

Samantha May said...

That's a lot of driving O_O

I organize things. Weird, I know. It's how I de-stress.

Tammy Theriault said...

well, my dear, that is why i have you coming over so much with all those miles to help me out!!! for me, i just take it easy, and take my rush.

Rusty Webb said...

Well, you post more regularly than I do. I end up doing almost everything in binges... which is horrible. But it's either do it that way.... or don't do anything. My blogging traffic has dwindled to almost nothing, but I'm only posting a couple of times a month, and only visiting a few people with any regularity.

So, my solution is to do everything I want to do, just do it poorly.

DEZMOND said...

so if we hear a singing car passing by, we know it's you :)

Julie Dao said...

It's tough... not gonna lie, but we all manage to do it somehow! Hope there's a lull in the craziness so you can get some words down!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Most of us are not lucky enough to work at a job where it's okay to blog (which is essentially not working at your actual job) so I get it. Life/work/moving has completely crushed me so I've shut my blog down for a little while until I can get some time together.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'm job hunting right now and my online work is going through a drought. So yes it's tough but be glad in tot Jay.

J. A. Bennett said...

Funny, my blog post today is about this same thing. Life gets so dang hectic. Just keep swimming!

The Desert Rocks said...

I don't know how YOU do it Jay. My hat's off to you! I am supposed to be writing but I still feel that since I'm independent, I have to do all my own promotions and so I do social networking most of the day. I have a number in mind for sales which should take off once I figure out how to get my book into Nook too. Once I've reached that sales number I will attempt a sequel to Penniless Hearts. Right now I am still writing short stories, blogs and poems when I'm not promoting. :)

David List said...

The way I continue writing despite working lots and having family to attend to is that I've sacrificed pretty much everything else - tv, vid games, movies, even working out these days.
I have a 30 minute commute to work every day. Podcasts are the only way I stay sane. I strongly suggest you check out Writing Excuses if you haven't done so already.

Mr. Shife said...

I just take it day-by-day because I know if I try to plan something a few days out it will probably get changed. Being a stay-at-home dad with a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old while working part-time and trying to get my book finished keeps me plenty busy and on the verge of going crazy sometimes so I like I said I just take it day-to-day. Good luck with your schedule Jay and safe travels on the road.

Jay Noel said...

Getting on a plane in a couple days...sheesh. Got two weeks notice on this latest business trip.

David List said...

I'm responding to a comment you left me, because I know (am pretty sure) you'll see it here!
It is a bizarre coincidence that you mentioned the 7 point structure in that particular post -
I TOTALLY wrote the outline to the story I was ranting about using the 7 point structure! I watched and took notes on the whole series of videos (complete with that abhorrent music intro and outro). I used it to devise the romantic element, the main conflict, the character conflict, and all so that they'd culminate in a spectacular finale!
If I can pull it off, Dan Wells is a genius and I'll sing his praises!

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