Most writers race through life on autopilot. There is never enough time to do what we need to do. And this can take a toll on your health and overall well-being, not to say about our productivity. Writers can also pick up on this state of chaos by getting done as little as possible and not being successful in their writing careers. Time boundaries can help us to re-evaluate our activities and priorities as writers so that we could make time for our writing AND our family.
Here are a few tips to develop time boundaries.
First, instil a quiet hour every evening in your home. Shut the television off and all digital devices. Do something as a family, and spend time together without being plugged into technology.
Second, don’t always fill your calendar with endless social activities that are purposeless. Instead, choose one or two activities that your kids enjoy, and let them partake in it with their whole hearts.
Third, don’t rush all the time. When you rush, you’re saying through your behavior that it is okay to always work against the clock or to ride the edge of the clock. That causes undue stress for you as a writer.
Fourth, create some time for yourself when you’re not doing things as a family. Carve out an hour a day for yourself when you do very little and when you can spend time listening to your favourite music or just laying low meditating. Teach the kids to do the same by exemplifying the importance of private time.
By following these tips, you will be instilling time boundaries, one that give you the time to write and to just BE. And your family will be glad too and may just let you write without disruption. They need peace of mind, just as you do.
Irene S. Roth
Freelance Writer, Author, and Editor