Now that I’ve committed to freelancing during this season of life, I’ve realized that I have to be more disciplined about schedule.  I’ve come to realize that I need to get up, get dressed, and go to the “office.”  Otherwise, I remain unbathed, unshaven, in pajamas, watching television, with several Gchat windows open, and playing Words with Friends on Facebook.

My schedule is pretty much shaped around my sons’ school schedule and making sure family time is carved out in the evening.  So overall, me making time to write looks like this:

7 a.m. – 11 a.m. – writing time

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – volunteer work

3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – business

11 p.m. – 2 a.m. – writing time

So I get up at 6:30 a.m. to make it to the office (read:  Calvin Fletcher coffeeshop) on time.  This time is set aside for blogs, freelance blogs, articles, and fiction.  At the moment I have no looming deadlines, so I can take some time to do a few blogs for me.  As the paying gig deadlines pile up, I have to go radio silent on my blog.

After about four hours, I need a break to relax my creative muscle.  That’s when I typically take meetings or do volunteer work.  The three places I focus on are Stop the Violence (gang intervention), Outreach Inc (homeless teens), A New Way of Life (adult homeless men), which probably comes as no shock to regular readers of my fiction.

Business is code for stuff I can get done once my sons are home and bringing their after school energy with them.  This typically means replying to e-mail, doing grant searches, doing social media, and/or taking a nap (<– I don’t care what you think, my naps are SERIOUS BUSINESS).  After that it’s dedicated family time until they all go to bed then I can squeeze in some more writing.

I’m probably more disciplined about my work than when I had a “regular” job.