As you can probably tell by the title, this is not a post about my art necessarily. But it is a necessary post.
How do people do it?!? I don't know how my husband works from home every darn day and gets anything done! I have been trying to be productive while at home full time since the start of August... and I don't have any idea how to do it anymore. I used to work remotely when I was an insurance processor. But now that I am working for myself, I can't seem to get the knack of productivity down. Bryan has the good fortune to have a dedicated office, with a door he can shut and lock at any time. My work space is in the living room -- the main common area of our home -- where everyone gathers to watch television, play tablets, read books (sometimes), eat meals (most nights), and just hang out in general.
When I am drawing or working, I always have a movie or the television on. Most of the time they are NOT kid-friendly shows, or at least they are just not something that two 11-year-old kiddos are into. And so I don't have to pay attention to the screen too much, and can focus on my drawings, my genre of choice is usually horror or suspense. So this is how every afternoon goes in my house, when the kids get home from school:
*Hubs and kiddos enter the house.*
*Random mom show on the TV.*
*Kiddo 1 sits on the couch. Looks at TV, looks at me. Repeats.*
*Kiddo 2 sits at laptop behind my drawing table.*
Kiddo 1: "So... Can I play XBox?"
Me: "Am I watching a show right now?"
*Kiddo 1 looks at TV, looks at me. Repeats.*
Kiddo 1: "Sooo... When will your show be over?"
Me: "A) I don't know. B) You just got inside. C) There are a ton of other things to do besides using the one thing that I am using right now. And D) Hello to you too. Welcome home. How was your day?"
*Kiddo 1 and Kiddo 2 both stay where they are and stare at my show and continue watching it. Kiddo 2 still has her laptop on, but is not paying attention to it.*
Kiddo 2: "Whatcha drawing mom?"
*Both kiddos proceed to ask me questions and talk and chat while I attempt to work.*
Every dang day. Barely any deviation from this routine. How do people get anything done? I usually end up giving up working about 30 minutes after they get home and then continue my work after their bedtime. So my workday ends up being about 11:00am-4:00pm and then 10:30pm-1:30am. This is definitely not productive. The struggle is real!