I have never managed to stick to my resolutions for more
than a couple of weeks. So I kept it simple this year. I resolved to edit a
minimum of one paragraph a day, so I could keep it even on such boozy days as New
Year, Christmas and my birthday. So far I haven’t failed, but I have struggled.
I have been unemployed for a long time, and therefore have
had plenty of time to work on editing etc. I have recently got a new job, and have
found it extremely tiring. I get home, eat dinner, and all I want to do is
watch a little TV before collapsing in bed ready for another early morning.
Under such conditions, trying to keep to my resolutions is
difficult. Before bed, you are supposed to calm your mind, and editing is the
exact opposite. But I tend to find myself trying to edit while watching TV in
the evenings. At times, I found myself wishing I was in a novel – Harry Potter.
I wish I was Hermione Granger, with access to a Time Turner so I could relive
my days and be able to accord due time to editing.
How do you balance work, a second job (editing), and still
have time to relax?
If any of you know how to do this, without missing any
sleep, please let me know!