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Work is Hard

When you work four jobs, plus write and blog on the side trying to make that your solid career, work can get a bit hectic and busy at times.

I love teaching and I love babysitting, but it’s not exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life. Can I see myself ten years from now still teaching? Yes. But ten years from now I hope to have a few publications under my belt.

I can’t picture myself waking up every morning, going to work, then coming home to just sit around and wait for the next day to come. I can’t live in order to make money and pay bills. I want to actually do something with my life, make a difference, be important.

So I write. So I blog.

I want my writing to be my full-time job. Whether that will ever happen enough to pay my bills, I’m not sure. But I’m going to do it anyway.

What’s annoying about this is that you have to work really hard and work a lot in order to make this happen, which I have been doing and I love it.

But, as stated earlier, when you work four other jobs on top of it…

At the moment, writing doesn’t pay the bills. It’s not my career yet. It’s a passion, but it’s more of a hobby at the moment.

That being said, my other jobs have to come first. I can’t call out sick and write all day long. While that would be awesome, that would be one day I wouldn’t get paid and right now that’s not really an option.

Unfortunately, the world revolves around money.

My whole point to this post was that I haven’t made much progress on my writing lately. Drama has been happening at two of my four jobs and working such long hours, I’m too exhausted to do anything when I get home.

So that’s pretty much where I stand at the moment. I have my work cut out for me for the rest of the month and through June.

I’m counting down the days until summer (less than four more weeks!) where I can put more of my time, thought, and effort into writing and blogging. I’ll be working the summer, but it’ll only be four hours a day for four days a week for only four weeks out of the summer. This is a vast improvement to my 8-10 hours a day five days a week, plus another couple hours on the weekend.

This turned into a ranting-woe-is-me type of post and that wasn’t supposed to happen. I had a completely different point, but I guess this is where my mind wandered off to.

Is it sometimes difficult for you to balance writing, work, and anything else life throws at you?

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

27 thoughts on “Work is Hard

  1. Finding that balance is wicked hard… I’d guess discipline and focus are the keys, but I struggle with both! Good luck in finding yours 🙂

    1. It is. There are some weeks when I’m on top of everything, but then there are just those times when you get into a slump.
      Thanks. 🙂

  2. I feel like your mind is a reflection of mine…

    In addition to going to school, coming home and doing homework, I do interviews for one magazine, act as associate editor for another, coordinate the goings-on of a literary magazine I founded, write on my personal blog every weekend, and write on my new book blog whenever I can. Something has to give.

    So my point is, I can completely relate! The best thing you can do is use the little snippets of spare time you have– eg., I read for during the 20 min bus trip to school. It really adds up in the long run.

    xo

    1. Wow, you’re busy! It’s definitely nice to know I’m not the only one.
      I agree, I try to get some work done whenever I can. I babysat yesterday and the kids had the neighbors over. So I sat down at the table and did some brainstorming for my blog. Then they saw me with two notebooks open and all five kids swarmed around me intrigued wondering what I was doing, lol. I ended up not getting much done. 😉

  3. I actually have a “list of excuses” blog post I’m going to be posting today talking about all the reasons I haven’t done anything of late. Not that I haven’t been doing anything or am looking for justification for why I haven’t done anything (although reading it, it feels that way) but more of an… explanation I obviously fail at. Nice to know I’m not alone – although I never really thought I was – in this feat. It will all work out… eventually. 😉

    1. Lol, that’s kind of funny. But I agree. I’ve just been so busy with other things in life that I haven’t been paying too much attention. Even when I get a moment to write, I end up blogging instead of working on my projects because my blog actually has deadlines.

  4. “Unfortunately, the world revolves around money.”

    That’s the part that drives me nuts at times. Can’t really fight it, but it doesn’t make following an artistic path easy. I remember trying to balance even one job with going back to school, family, and writing. The writing always lost because it didn’t have deadlines, defined hours, or the ability to interrupt me. I think it’s all about balance and trying to find ways to clear chunks of time for each activity. Some weeks work out and others don’t, but I hear patience helps. Whatever that is. Hope you get a lot done in the summer. Even some progress is progress.

    1. It drives me crazy too. I love teaching, I love writing, but it’s getting to the point where I’m doing these things because I need to pay my bills. It’s not about that I actually love doing the job. I think that’s what’s killing me most.
      Finding the balance is really difficult. I had one going for a while, but like you said, some weeks are easier than others.
      Thanks. I hope I do get a lot accomplished over the summer.

      1. Makes one wonder how other people do it. I always heard that to be an author, I should become a teacher in order to have more writing time. I’m guessing people suggesting that weren’t in either business. Sorry that it’s becoming a job more than a career. Hopefully that changes because I’ve been there and it’s not fun. I’m curious since I know a lot of teachers who are saying this. Has the profession changed in a way to make it more of a job than a calling?

      2. Teachers definitely have their work cut out for them. And they don’t get paid nearly enough as they should for it.
        I’m only the aide at my full-time job. So I don’t have any take-home work with me. I arrive when the kids get there and I leave when the kids leave. At this time, I have no plans to be a lead teacher because of all the work. I enjoy being with the kids, I don’t want to have paperwork to be stressed out about. Plus, as much as I love teaching, my main plan to be an author.
        I am a teacher and the director for my church’s Sunday school program though and that’s being a pain at the moment. I’m currently trying to set up a meeting with the parents, my pastor, and the other teacher. I have lesson plans to write, the classroom to organize, and other things to get ready for next year. It’s a lot of weight on one’s shoulders.
        I don’t know how people do it, either. People my age are moved out of their house already. I have four jobs and currently paying more money in bills than I’m actually getting paid each month. It’s not fair, lol.

      3. Totally agree with teachers not getting paid enough. Especially now that I’m older and know that they don’t get to play all summer. Don’t blame you for not wanting the paperwork. Got a taste of that when I was subbing and taking courses to be a full-time teacher. It didn’t look pretty and that was years ago.

        As someone who had to move back in with the parents, I can say that things aren’t what they used to be. My wife and I made the ‘mistake’ of trying to start from near scratch due to various situations, it feels like getting knocked down isn’t something you get back up from. Trying to stay optimistic though.

      4. Even to just become a teacher is so much work. I’m not sure it’s worth it. I hope my writing works out for me because that’s what I really want to do.
        At least you have good support from your parents. That’s always nice. I don’t think my parents will ever be able to get rid of me at this rate, lol.

      5. I hope the profession eases up and lets teachers be more free with their lesson plans. Personally, I blame the focus on standardized tests because they ignore the fact that you’re raising individuals instead of carbon copies of the same child. That’s a whole nother rant though.

        The support comes a goes depending on how many chores need to get done around here. 🙂

  5. This is hardly a ‘woe is me’ post – I like your honesty. And getting work/life balance is already so difficult never mind adding writing in there as well! I think also getting the people in your life to understand that writing takes a lot of time and that it’s not just staring at a screen while drinking coffee. You actually need blocks of time where you can just work on your writing projects – although I must say commuting to and from work does give me a good two hours to work on some story ideas… Ah, the joy of adulting. 😉

  6. You’re consistent and persistent. And that’s going to make all the difference in the long run. I honestly hope you make it big as a writer and blogger. I don’t know anyone more deserving. All the best!

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