It's that time of year---again. Weddings. Bridal Showers. Rehearsal Dinners. First Communion. Confirmation. College Graduation. High School Graduation. Kindergarten Graduation. Day Care Graduation. Mother's Day. Father's Day. Memorial Day.
With so many celebrations going on, when is there time to work? Yes, I said work, because writing---and marketing, and editing, and book signings---are work. It's how writers earn their living. People who work for others certainly know when it's time to work because their employers tell them. But how do writers stay focused?
How do you maintain a reasonable work schedule amidst the chaos?
All of the above is, of course, in addition to the usual list of family, friends, and neighbors who see working from home as "working" from home---meaning that we writers can just drop what we're doing at any time to run a quick errand, comfort a friend in need---the one who is heartbroken over her third boyfriend loss this week---help a neighbor with the crisis of the day. None of these people would dream of calling a family member, friend, or neighbor at a workplace outside the home. But they will call you because you are "working" from home.
How do you respond to these requests in a way that lets you maintain your work schedule and not alienate everyone you know?