HubPages (Writing) And Housework - How To Get Them Both Done - Part 1

Housework and Hubbing

Dividing your time

Whether your passion for writing is for personal benefit or financial gain, it can take up a phenomenal amount of your time. Especially when you first start writing, it takes a lot of time to 'learn' about the dozens of subjects that you will undoubtedly have to cover in order to make your writing a success. SEO, Google Adsense, backlinking, affiliate programs, web traffic and actually 'how to' write a good article are just a few of the topics that you'll find yourself learning about.

All of the hours spent learning and writing can eat away into time that you should be doing something else. If you do most of your writing at home, then this something else could probably be housework.

However, if you focus your time onto the housework, your writing suffers. It's a no win situation, or is it? Find out how to satisfy both your writing and 'Domestic Goddess' time and effort requirements.

Writing takes over everything: It happens to a lot of writers, whether its writing for the internet, a book, newspaper column, fiction or any other type of creative writing, it all falls into the same category. We get involved with a piece that we are working on, or the research that we are doing, and time flies by at an extraordinary rate. Before we know it, it's dark outside, or light if you've been working through the small hours. or you realise that you should have been somewhere else hours ago.

If you're well disciplined, this might not happen to you. Having been a writer for a long time doesn't make much difference, you could still get very lost in time when you're absorbed in your work. However, some discipline in necessary, as is good organisation, so if you don't yet have either of these skills, now would be a good time to learn how to employ them, or polish up the one's that you already have. Positive habits are beneficial and reap life long, rich rewards

If you find that you do get behind with life in general while you spend so much time working on your writing career, that your duties to the world outside it take more than a back seat, then try out the valuable balancing act that I have adapted.

Tick follows tock follows tick

Time is not your enemy

I work on the internet full-time, run my house single handedly, tend the family AND have a social life. I have struggled to achieve all of this is years gone by, but this has been a great year for me. I am currently re-establishing my internet presence after a break to do other things. Along with returning to work web based once again, I had a lot of other duties and commitments that I had to take into consideration. These 'other things' could not be allowed to become neglected.

It is often difficult to keep a balance of how your time is spent, areas of life can suffer slightly from semi neglect when our time is consumed randomly. Finding enough time to fit everything in can be challenging, but it is possible.

Warning: Do not allow writing to take over and consume the time you need to spend on other areas of your life. Neglect of the 'rest of your life' and everything in it, will cost you dearly. I have seen this happen to people and it is ugly, their lives are a mess and usually so are they.

When it comes to dividing your time, the matters of writing and domestic/family/social duties, it works extremely well if you adopt a pattern of going from one to the other and back again. I'm not suggesting that you flit mindlessly from one thing to another, that would be fruitless.

Establishing your days

You do need to establish that at certain times you will need to devote your time mainly to writing. Depending on what else is going on in your life and your particular reason for writing in the 1st place. If you are writing for financial gain, then expect to initially spend a great deal of time to establish yourself and to learn all the doe's and don’ts. As time goes by and your earning increase, you can ease off, or not, the choice is yours.

Life doesn't always allow for a strict regime, so being flexible is very important. However, you will need to designate a few days every week when you concentrate mainly on home based activities, such as writing and housework. Keep any socialising to a minimum and learn to focus. Try and avoid distraction, there are many of them out there and they will eat away at your valuable time, making you very unproductive.

You will obviously do domestic tasks on other days too, that's when you'll do other things in your life as well. Going out to do the grocery shopping, visiting relatives, socialising etc... should be kept to the days that aren't designated for that weeks writing. Most of your domestic chores can be done when you're at home on your specific days, including laundry, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom, mopping the floor.......

On the days that you put aside to do home based tasks, including writing, make the most of the time that you have. Don't make extra work for yourself, build a routine that is productive and conducive to 'getting things done'.

Dividing your time successfully between writing and doing household chores, will leave you feeling satisfied. Whichever one you begin your day with, moving seamlessly onto the next one and back again is the secret.

I usually run the water to wash the breakfast dishes and tidy any mess in the kitchen as I turn the computer on and wait for it to fully load. I make a coffee and then spend some time 'catching up' with any important emails, looking at my stats, checking for forum replies or article comments.

After this, I return to the kitchen and finish off. Then it's back to the computer for the next things on my to do list for writing that day. Rarely do I actually do any writing at that point of the day, it's usually research, either into an article that I'm thinking about writing, or keywords. I also do sessions of forum posting and traffic driving, browsing the internet about things that interest me and will probably give me idea's on what to write about. Each day is different.

You can only focus and concentrate effectively for a certain amount of time. By taking regular breaks from working at the computer and putting this time to use by doing housework, you'll manage to get everything done. It doesn't have to take you long each time, you'd be surprised what you can get done in 10-15 minutes, and these short sessions add up over the day when you use your time effectively.

If I leave the computer and go into the kitchen, whether it be to make coffee or to answer the telephone, I'll try and do something while I'm in there. I will sort the dirty laundry out and put the washing machine on. While I'm waiting for the machine to finish, I return to my work on the computer. I later return and take the laundry out of the washing machine and put it up to dry. These tasks don't take very long, so are ideal to do on a forced or natural break from staring at a monitor.

If I go upstairs for something, I will take up the clean, folded laundry, or other items that belong up there but have found their way downstairs. On the return journey, I will return anything that has found it's way upstairs and doesn't belong there, or spend 10 minutes cleaning the bathroom beens as I am passing that way.

Sometimes you just need to stretch your legs and do something else for a few minutes. I use these opportunities to get the vacuum cleaner out, or to peel the vegetables for dinner. There are always little jobs that you can get done in a short period of time.

While I'm doing these 'other things' it gives me a chance to think about what I have been doing in the writing department so far that day, and what else I have to do. It gives me a chance to digest things that I have been doing and to work out the best way forward. I have found these times to be very productive.

Is your time evenly balanced?

How do you divide your time?

  • I spend nearly all of my time writing, other things take a back seat
  • I don't get enough time to write as much as I'd like too, I'm too busy doing other things
  • I allocate time to the different tasks in writing and household chores, mostly getting everything done
  • Divide time between writing and housework, you must be joking, I don't get time to do either of these.
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So you see, you can find a happy balance to write and get your housework done without too much stress. Personally, I spend a few evenings a week doing the same thing as I have already outlined. I flow from one activity to the next and back again.

I also use a similar technique with some socialising. I work at the computer for a while, stop to have coffee and a chat with a visiting friend, then immediately return to working as soon as they have left. I try to pre-arrange these social visits so that I can plan ahead, and restrict them to only a couple of days a week. Just because you work from home doesn't give people an excuse to selfishly take up all of your time, they have to understand that your time spent writing is just like any other job in the respect of the amount of time and effort that it needs to have dedicated to it.

A little self discipline and some organisation will give you ample time to write and do domestic chores. Play with the routine until you are able to make a good balance, adapt where necessary and remember to be flexible. A positive attitude goes a long way to making this work and a little patience helps too.

Find a happy balance between writing and household chores, get it all done. Good luck.



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ThoughtSandwiches profile image

ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Hi billabong...as I sit here mired in filth...I contemplate your hub...have you been looking in my windows?? lol

...thanks for addressing an issue that does seem to be a problem for writers...it is easy to get engrossed...to the point of being gross. Nice job. Voted Up and all the appropriate buttons.


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melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

It's definitely difficult for me to manage my time with HubPages and school and now that I am sick. I have to do a lot of juggling, so I've taken a sabbatical, so to speak.

Hey, I'm sorry that SheToldMe was a waste. I saw that you'd signed up so I went on ahead to see what SheToldMe is up to these days and was appalled by their changes. I'm glad that you didn't spend a lot of time (or any money) working on getting backlinks from SheToldMe.

You write some great hubs, it doesn't look like you'll have to do too much worrying about backlinks, they'll probably come naturally for you... for the most part. :P


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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK Author

Thank you ThoughtSandwiches and melbel for taking the time to comment and score on this Hub. You've both been very kind, your comments are most encouraging.

It is indeed difficult to find a balance between work and home life for many women, especially when their place of work is 'at home'. It gets taken for granted that because you're at home, then you have all the time in the world to get everything done. Unless you have actually worked form home, most people have a distraught POV.

Why not give my 'method' a go? It works extremely well for me and I have never been so productive. I have struggled with covering everything that life throws at you in the 'this is what you have to do/are faced with today', in the past. Now I seem to have it licked, which makes life so much easier and enjoyable.

I often do household chores on automatic pilot, preforming as a domestic goddess while actively thinking about other things, i.e. writing. I find that I need this time as a break from computer work and all that is involved.

Good luck to you both in finding a balance between your writing work and household demands, that's without going into the category of children, that's another topic all together lol


Dianemae 5 years ago

Great article. I am a list making and time manager. I set daily goals and I get everything done and have free time. It doesn't work for everyone, but it works for me.


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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK Author

I'm glad it's all working out for you Dianemae.

Setting goals is an important part of achievement. Actually getting everything done is an accomplishment :D, well done.


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crazybeanrider 5 years ago from Washington MI

I use to be all over the place getting nothing done until I started making lists, and going by that. I was able to get everything done that way. Works well for me, but not so much for say a multi-tasker who likes to do several things at once. That I am not! I really enjoyed reading your hub, it is useful and easy to read, helped me a great deal :))


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Greekgeek 5 years ago from California

I don't juggle time allocation that well, and have arthritis and other health issues which make it very, very difficult to keep up with all housework. So I bit the bullet and hire a housekeeping service to come clean 2x a month. That keeps me from falling into filth. It's not an option for everybody, but I scrimp on other things in order to afford that one luxury.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I try to update my hub though it looks difficult to share my time in teaching. But I love this site and the community as well. I find new family here and I believe the money will follow us if we hard work. Very inspiring hub. Success for you!

Prasetio


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very well written hub! Thanks a lot - I am book marking so I can read again and see if some of your ideas work for me:) Great hub!


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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK Author

Thank you for the nice comment RealHousewife, I'd like to hear how it works out for out. If you would like some more ideas on who to manage your time when you work from home, read part 2 of this article here: http://hubpages.com/community/HubPages-And-Housewo...

Enjoy ;)


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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK Author

I would like to thank crazybeanrider, Greekgeek and Prasetio for their kind comments. Managing your time when working at home, and juggling everything life throws at you, can be hard going. We all have to do whatever works best for us, but sometimes finding that way can take a while.

I'd like to wish you all the very best in your success here at HP. and also managing to fit in all the other time demanding activities that come outside it :D


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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

We all need the tips on time management! :) There's writing and housework. There's writing and taking care of the kids. There's writing and having to attend musical theater rehearsals. Sometimes I just actually want to stop everything for awhile and sleep. LOL

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! To read and vote, this way please: http://redelf.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Mother-...


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Shawn Scarborough 5 years ago from The Lone Star State

This is a well written hub with some excellent ideas. Time management is something I definitely struggle with. Working a full time job, spending time with my wife and three children, trying to do house work, and then trying to find time for HubPages is definitely a challenge. Congrats on your HubNugget nomination!


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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK Author

Thank you ripplemaker and Shawn for your kind comments. I'm quite excited about the hubnuggets nomination, I really didn't expect it.

It is difficult to mange your time when you fit are working and trying to fit everything else in too, but I guess it's better than being bored lol.

I wish you both luck with writing here at hubpages.


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Bijja 5 years ago from India

Hi billabongbob,

Your idea of time management is quite appreciable. It's really fun to allocate our time for writing on Hubpages while we do other important works as well.


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Annette R. Smith 5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Thank you for your insights on time management, billabongbob. Balancing my house work and writing work really challenges me sometimes. I get it done, though -- with a little planning and rearranging of priorities. Great hub, voted up.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Congrats on winning the hubnugget award, BBB.

I hope you had a wonderful wedding day with your daughter. :)


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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK Author

Thank you Denise, I was surprised to me nominated for the Hubnugget award, I never expected to win. It's a big personal boost :D.

My daughters (Rachel) wedding was truly wonderful, it was an absolutely perfect day. Even the sun shone all day (which is unusual for October lol)and it all took place in a beautiful setting by a stunning lake. I will have treasured memories of that day forever :D


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

Such good advice but so many tasks! If you're ever in my neck of the woods, feel free to come and whip us into shape! Thank you for an uplifting article.


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Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines

As a stay at home mom, I am still trying to figure out how I can juggle things from family and house work and writing online. Thanks for the hub and the motivation that it is possible to get things done with a little more self-discipline and organization.


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billabongbob 5 years ago from South Wales, UK Author

Thank you Les Trois Chenes and Chin chin for the kind comments. For some more ideas on how to deal with housework and writing, read part 2 here: http://hubpages.com/living/HubPagesWriting-And-Hou...

Stay motivated ;)


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hi billabongbob ... it was a surprise to realise you have the same system as I have ... I suppose I had never actually thought of it as a system. But you are right, it works perfectly ... except for the husband!

When he has a bad back, as he has now, he seems to be hanging around me a lot and watching way too much TV ... I need to get him a shed. :)


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asmaiftikhar 5 years ago from Pakistan

A reality base hub.keep it up!

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