JWriting, revising and marketing a book. Raising a family and being a good spouse. Holding down a full-time job in order to support aforementioned family.

These three things alone can be time and energy consuming enough that they’d count as a full-time job, let alone when you combine them.

Yet many modern writers are also parents and have a 9-5 outside of their publishing careers. So how do they manage to juggle writing, parenthood and a job?

The answer is lots of coffee and very little sleep!

I jest, of course. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I only drink de-café tea, and I try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

For me, the key to juggling all the responsibilities I have is to schedule, so no time is wasted. I know exactly what I should be doing when, and I have clear deadlines on tasks. It also helps me prioritize my time, and I knew when binge watching Daredevil on Netflix is a bad idea, because I have a twenty item long to-do list.

Admittedly this doesn’t always go according to play, and sometimes things get pushed to the back-burner, but for the most part it works.

I also try to set clear boundaries for myself, like always taking an hour every evening to watch TV with the Hubby when the kids have gone to bed, or making sure most nights we eat home-cooked dinners, and not take-out.

Of course, everyone is allowed an off day sometimes. There are occasions when I just don’t feel like cooking, or times when I put off something on my to-do list so I can play video games.

The important thing to remember is balance. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Alternatively, all play and no work makes Jack a stressed out boy!

Which is why it’s sometimes completely okay to admit life is getting a little too much and take a few days off to recuperate.