Masters tales


I work from home, or rather a large purpose built studio shed in the back garden. I love the place I work and I love what I do but I can’t work to a 9-5 schedule. I have tried… But I can’t do it.

My eyes are a little damaged and they have problems working for a long period of time. Which is why I grab small sections of work throughout the day. I normally start writing around 10-11 am and then carry on for a couple of hours. This will give me all the words I’ll do for the day. Any more and I can start to suffer from migraines.

Then I take a break.

After, I start drawing. I know this seems odd. I mean my eyes are bothersome and yet I’m drawing. But the odd thing is that I am staring at paper and it seems different to a screen. So I draw… At the moment I’m working on a painting of my sister and her husband, and a colouring book about different breeds of dog. They are both great fun to work on…

Then I need another break…

So I work from 10-12 and then from 2-6… Of course at this point most people would go home, but I wander into the house and normally spend an evening with my parents. We eat and watch a movie and then they go to bed at about midnight. But I don’t. Instead my laptop comes out again and I start to write. Sometimes it is more of the novel, but I normally use it for blog posts… Like this one…

I had thought that this sort of thing was not something that could be sustained but the reality, or rather my reality, is that the 9-5 working day is something I can’t do. It just grates against my creativity. I have tried but it makes my writing stilted and I get anxious. I pace or waste time… The only way I work well and in a relaxed way is if I stick to my weird routine.

It works for me…

Then I read something the other day. It was about running your own business and the piece of advice from the entrepreneur was to throw out the 9-5. To run your own business it just won’t work. You have to work odd hours and stop having a weekend…

But it isn’t all work.

I also get to laugh with my family and help babysit. I can garden in my breaks or bake or knit or sew or do anything I want. I work when I can and for as long as I can but the 9-5 is not a thing I do. And do you know what?

I don’t think I want to ever change it.

Oh, and the reality is that I actually do the same hours as having a 9-5 job, more in fact, but it just doesn’t feel like it because it is spread throughout the week. My weird routine works for me… What about you?

10 thoughts on “9-5…

  1. That sounds so awesome. It would work for me about three days and then the “lazy bum” portion of personality shows up. Best of luck on finding and sticking with what works best for you. Cheers

  2. I think your schedule is excellent, and I am completely envious of it! I struggle with a 9-5 schedule as well… at about 2 or 3, it’s nearly impossible to keep going as I was. I need to change it up. Whether it’s drawing or reading or whatever… my brain just needs to be in a slightly different gear or I sludge through the rest of the day being nearly unproductive. Often, like you, I’ll come back to it, but later.

    I also suffer from migraines, so I hear you there.

    Also, you are an incredibly talented artist. I’m looking at your drawing of Eccleston (Doctor #9!) to the right of me here, and I have to smile.

  3. I’m the same way…..a routine makes me crazy…but I love the way you’ve captured your preferences and work according to what you’ll be most productive doing at that particular time of day….Great idea! Sometimes I can’t get off the mark and get going because I don’t want to do what I “should” be doing first thing but I won’t let myself do what I feel like doing…so I do a little of this and a little of that and basically waste time …..I think you’ve got it down though!!!

    1. Thank you… Try working when you want to rather than when you have learnt you ought to. Although it is hard to stop doing something, especially when it is so ingrained… And good luck!

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