Like many other writers, I have more demands on my time and energy than just my writing. I have a straight job. Mine is a pretty good job, all things considered, but it is a salaried management position and that means that it has a lot of fair claim to both time and energy. (I thought being a grad student was bad about that, but then I was only beholden to myself, not to people paying a paycheck.) I also have a wife, and my relationship with her is my top earthly concern. Throw those together with health issues and some aggressive goals to try and advance my writing career, and I'm realizing that I'm burning myself out pretty quickly.
How do y'all manage it? I'm serious about this writing thing, and I hope to be doing it full-time some day. (Yes, I will sell my artistic soul on the commercial market if I can make enough bucks to live on. Someday.) But it is not in my nature to slack off at my regular job, and I certainly cannot let my relationship with Rose become less important to me.
And yet I feel like I need to address these things in a different way or I'm going to totaly crash in a couple weeks and be useless to everyone.
So how do y'all do it? How do you manage your time, your priorities, your life's needs?