Andbutso a while back I did this post on making time for EVERYTHING. And every year I feel the need to revisit. And tweak it. And I don’t write this just to remind myself how to squeeze in all those extra things in the day. I write this to remind myself to enjoy it.
Here ‘tis. How the Wonder Woman Wannabe manages her time.
To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose during the school year…
A time to play Legos and a time to put on SpongeBobICarlyJessie while I
A time to drive fifteen minutes to work and a time to hash out that murky part of my novel while driving
A time to hang out with my husband and a time to praise Ducks (his hangout after a soccer game) when I need a night to write
A time to exercise and a time to take the kids to McDonalds
A time to drag my feet in from work onto a just recently cleaned floor and a time to praise God for my mother
A time for three hours of back and forth texting with CPs and a time to feel completely rejuvenated and confident about writing
A time to thank God for eve-ry-thing and a time to implore Him for an agent
A time to submerge myself in the Twitter-verse and the Blog-o-sphere and a time to turn off the Internet and play with my imaginary friends
A time for just one more school-oriented meeting and a time for me to edit
A time to sit in my son’s doorway, waiting for him to go to sleep and a time to catch up with Facebook and blogging friends
A time to grade papers and a time to procrastinate them just one more day
A time to schedule roundtables and send emails and set up chat rooms and a time to talk with teens and remind myself over and over again why I love everything YA
A time to curse these crazy tests I have to administer and a time to watch my students test while outlining those three chapters I’ve needed to write for three weeks.
A time to do laundry and a time to ignore the dust-bunnies and let my house be condemned
A time to be a wallflower with my online writing friends and a time to feel I'm not going it alone
A time to write and write and write (even if the clock’s struck two-ish) and a time to hit the sheets before midnight because I have to teach complex fractions the next day
A time to fret about my daughter being in middle school and a time to play Legos with her and my son because if I blink she might just have graduated high school
A time to have a beer. Or two. Or eight.
A time to hop from house to house on my tutoring route and a time to read a chapter of that book I can’t put down
A time to watch my husband’s soccer team play and a time to catch up with my long lost friend
A time to take my children to soccer or dance or whatever and a time to edit, edit, edit!
A time to read to my children and a time for us to all sit in the same room—engaged in our own silent reading
A time to wait in the orthodontist office and a time to
A time for IEPs and PEPs and NCLB and a time to say screw it and just let me teach
A time to have a date night with my husband—because he definitely deserves my time too
A time to struggle teaching my son to ride a bike and a time to just carry him and relish in the fact that he’s not totally grown
A time to review my critique partners' work and a time to fall in love with so many awesome characters
A time to indulge in monthly book club and a time to skip it because I just really want to crash on the couch with my kids
A time to write blogs and read blogs and a time to feel completely inspired
A time for teaching and meetings and tutoring and fundraisers and a time to just ignore everything and close the door on the tanning bed for ten mind-numbing minutes
And a time to write. I don’t care if I only write/revise two sentences, there NEEDS to be a time to write.
How do YOU manage your day? What do you make time for?