I have been getting a lot of "how to do you do it" questions and I thought I would share "how we do it". I will say up front that some days I can get lots of work done and some days nothing. In terms of actual work time, I probably get between 3-6 hours to work a day without staying up too too late.
Here's our day, pretty much every day.
We get up (I wake up the same time as CJ, and Mr CBF takes her while I shower and get dressed- all of 10 minutes), we have breakfast and get changed. While food is warming, I check my email from overnight and sometimes tweet about the day. We head up to the office (the office/ playroom is in the attic) around 10 (because it takes us that long to eat, get changed- sometimes twice, unload the dishwasher or some other chore). CJ will play up here anywhere from 30 min to an hour. So I do things that I can with one eye on her. I can do some office tasks or swatch, nothing that I need to concentrate on. She goes down for a nap then I can write back emails or write a pattern or call someone. Morning nap can last from an hour or more. Once she is up I take the afternoon "off". We have lunch, run errands, go to the park, have play dates; all while I am checking email on my phone (basically keeping in touch). We head back to the office in the late afternoon, again for an hour or less I can do things that I can with one eye on her. Sometimes Mr CBF comes home early enough and I can get another hour of concentration time, sometimes not. After dinner, we play downstairs for a bit. I usually can crochet a row or two while we are playing or reading. After bedtime, I will head back to the office and crunch out some more patterns or emails. Then bed for me.
That's it. Everyday. Basically writing when she is napping, crocheting while she is playing. And squeezing in work when I can. Nothing magical at all. I just work all the time.
Well, speaking of the babe; I hear her now...