Sunday, 3 March 2013

Finding a new work-work-life balance

Well, tomorrow morning at 9.30am, I start a new job, which means half my working week I'll be a project manager and the other half I'll be writing and publishing. Going from full time writer to 50/50 has all happened in the space of a week and I have to say, I'm a little bit nervous about starting my new job, since it's been nine months since I set foot in an office. Still, the interviews proved to me I'm not that rusty and I have some ideas already, so I'm mostly looking forward to it.

Still, now I'll have to share my writing time with my project management time and my home life, a new work/work/life balance, if you will, and some weeks I expect there'll be more of one work than the other when needs must. At least my writing means I can be flexible for my timetable in the office, so the two should not clash. I just have to get used to the fact that it's going to take me twice as long to produce my books, when I've been able to focus solely on them.

This week is going to be busy, starting a new job always is - lots to find out and take in. Though, y'know, my biggest challenge when joining a new office - it's not familiarising myself with the project, working on financial plans, or anything like that - it's names. I am hopeless with names, I just don't seem to be able to get them to sink in when I first meet someone, so I expect I'll be making notes of names and doing my own very special stakeholder analysis ;P.

Think of me tomorrow, send me positive vibes - ta!


  1. Personally I found that having no other work to do, is not giving me more time for writing.
    OTOH I am still in a kinda recovering phase from a year-long game of hide and seek with burnout and also being in a place where I have to get used to being a freelancer (which is now officially half an year, but theory and practice prove to be not the same. ;))
    Oh well, you manage, I am sure. I hope work doesn't take too many spoons out of you for work. ;)
    Good luck and fingers crossed. :)

    1. Thanks. I'm hoping that having less time for writing will make me concentrate on it more when I do have the time (although, your point about theory and practice means, only time will tell). Hope everything goes well for you too and you adjust okay.


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