I have been thinking a little lately about how I use my time during the day, and the general answer is “Not Very Well.” So, I’m looking for feedback on how other creative people structure their time. Having a day job, taking a class, and being a mom means that my free time is too often not in a solid chunk, so how do I make the most of what little free time I have? How do I make my time at work more efficient and productive? How do I schedule dedicated time for projects (both personal and professional) knowing that there are going to be interruptions (at work, hot items come in all the time that need to be bumped above other more long-term projects; at home, the latest homework crisis needs to be solved and dinner on the table before I can work on an in-progress creative work).
Do you schedule time for “play” and experimentation? Do you have time scheduled at work for “office hours” so to speak, and “do not disturb” time to work on projects that require more focus and sustained concentration? Certain days of the week to work on “administrative” (self-promotion, paying the bills, planning, etc.)?
I’m really interested to hear how others approach this, because I think my current seat-of-the-pants approach is no longer working for me as I add more and more to my to-do list.