I've been a bit frazzled this week, but I think I am starting to get the hang of this new schedule.
The hardest part about shifting from a full time teaching position to a part time position is, actually, the time. When I was teaching middle school, I knew that every day I would leave the house at 6 am, and every night I'd return around 4 or 5. That meant that from 5 to 7, I wrote, did yoga, and got my online teaching responsibilities out of the way.
Now that I'm living the life of a full-time writer, I have no two days with exactly the same schedule. Some days I teach from 9 am to noon before having to go pick up my husband at 4, and then some days I don't have to leave the house until my 8pm class. It's really challenging, because I am a creature of habit. I like my routines. They feel comfortable.
I am learning the beauty of the kitchen timer. I give myself, for example, two hours to prep for class, grade, and take care of school-related responsibilities. Then, in theory, I walk away from the job and begin the heart work of writing.
Some days, I don't get to yoga. Other days, I don't write very much. But slowly, surely, I am figuring out how to balance my new life.
What do you do to juggle your responsibilities with your joy?