If this is going to be successful, it's going to be because of a routine. You'll notice I didn't say anything about not having enough time. I have time. What I don't have right now is structure.
Routines helped me survive the years when my children were small and I was teaching full time. By getting into a routine, the kids knew what to expect, and even better, my husband and I knew that week to week, we had things under control.
From doing grocery shopping on Friday nights to knowing Monday night we were having pizza for dinner, the predictability made our busy lives easier. I do believe I need to get back to routines even though I don't have the little kids anymore. When I slip into schedule chaos, I get nothing done. I get frustrated and stressed, and right now, since there's a lot going on (family, work, school play, local RWA stuff, writing...) I need predictability.
So tonight we're having a sit down and we're going to figure out how to make life more manageable. It can be done. If I could do it when I had three children under the age of five, a full time job and a demanding graduate school program, I can certainly do it now.
So what about you? How do you find time to write amid all the other things life throws at you?