Calling all stay at home moms/writers!! Okay as some of you may know, I was layed off from my regular full-time job last week. The company I was working for had another big layoff in April 2011 and then cut everyones pay by 5% before Christmas. There were all kinds of rumors going around the office of another lay-off so I was preparing myself for the worst. I was an administrative employee at an engineering consultant firm so as you may guess, administrative people aren’t all that important in the eyes of the company. Anyway, I had been preparing myself and my husband that if it happened to me, I was not going to go out seeking another job in the office, but I would find a way to make myself a fulltime writer at home.
But geez, not only am I not making any money but I’m finding it very hard to balance out my day. There are so many things around the house to distract me. Like cleaning, walking the dogs, dying my hair, Dr. Phil , Ellen and my favorite… naps. I never realized how long it takes me to actually get going in the mornings when I don’t have an office to go to. Why is it taking me so long just to eat my breakfast and drink a cup of coffee? When I had to go to work, I didn’t even drink coffee until I got to the office! I got up, ran in the shower, got dressed, ate my cereal and out the door. No problem. But now, I’m finding it a major task to even TAKE a shower!! I’m too tired when I first get out of bed and then before I know it, I’ve wasted 2 hrs and I need to get to my computer, not the shower. I’m starting to stink!!!
How do you stay at home moms and writers do it? Can you give me some tips to help balance myself? Do I need to just overlook the mess and not clean until a specific time of the day? Or am I completely getting ahead of myself since it’s only been one week now? How long did it take you to get yourself adjusted to be a productive stay at home worker and not end up a stay at home… bum.
Encouragement people… I need encouragement!! Ugh.