Wednesday, October 04, 2006
For once I have something that works for me that has to do with writing.
Lately I have had to work at my computer, a lot. I have several blogs to work on, administrative work to do for our women's ministry, tons of email, not to mention actually writing-writing. All this while my kids ask questions about their school work or run around screaming (which they always seem to do when I get on the phone start working at the computer). I finally realized that I needed some way to let them know that I AM WORKING! without yelling it every time they try to talk to me.
We came up with an interesting solution--not perfect mind you, but it helps. When I am working I put on music. So if the music is on and I am at my computer then I am working. Period. The nice thing is that the music also drowns out their noise to some extent. My husband, who works at home as a programmer and also needs to concentrate, does this as well. The kids know if music is playing that they are not to interrupt, or that they must at least say excuse me and then wait until we give them the go ahead to speak. At the very least it makes them think twice before speaking which is always good. (I also try to save movies or playing outside for when I NEED to focus.)
I wonder how others do it, especially those who like me don't work on a schedule. How do you make deliberate time to write, or do any other project, without kid interruptions, especially if you homeschool?
Heather Young is a saved by grace, homeschooling, mother of three, wife of one, writer, artist, and web designer who drinks way too much coffee and spends too much time at her computer. She writes for Graced by Christ, Laced by Grace, Everyday Miracles, and Writer....Interrupted. Someday, God willing, she will finish one of her WIP and attempt to get it published, but not until God says the timing is right.