So this blog post is a little personal, but I feel the need to share what I’m going through. It’s nothing terrible, I haven’t experienced tragedy or illness or anything dire. But my life has changed significantly in the past month.
I mentioned yesterday that I just started working full-time, after raising my kids at home for the past fifteen years. And that it’s been quite the adjustment for everyone. My two dogs are distraught. I used to spend most of the day with them, lying on the bed reading or sharing my home office space with them while I worked on the blog or some other project. Now both my husband and I are out of the house all day, and it’s only due to the fact that we both work nearby that one of us can come home at lunch to let them outside (we don’t leave our dogs out when we’re gone – ever). The kiddos are also at school all day for another month, so they can’t help much either. So the poor doggies are alone most of the day, and that isn’t working too well for me.
Other things are suffering too, like the laundry and the house, but for me the hardest thing about going back to work is losing hours and hours to work on this blog. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want to, and it’s taking some time for me to adjust to spending the weekends doing mostly blog stuff, while my very limited time after work is spent focusing on my family, cooking dinner, and connecting with the kids and husband. When you’re trying to read 8+ books a month, this schedule isn’t the best. I tried to explain to a friend how I felt by asking them to imagine that after two weeks of work, I have just spent 80 hours out of the house, unable to do the things I used to do during the day. Now imagine trying to get back those 80 hours and cram them into the weekend or a few hours in the evening. It’s just not possible, and something’s got to suffer. Unfortunately, it’s been my blog.
What I need to adjust to is this: I’ll never get those hours back, and I need to reallocate my free time. I know it’s possible. Most people have full-time jobs, including many bloggers. I’ve always been a multitasker, and I don’t plan on changing anytime soon. So my plan is to get as much done during the weekends as possible, and see what happens. In any event, if you see me posting less frequently, you’ll know what’s up!
Here’s my question to you, oh wise bloggy friends: How do you deal with finding time to blog when life gets in the way? Have you ever gone back to work after a long break and experienced what I’m going through? Just tell me it’s going to get better!!