I always say that having a full time job is what makes it possible for me to write. Not having to worry about my bills or where my rent is coming gives me the ability to focus on writing. But sometimes, the day job pokes its nose into my writing life, and that's not always so great.
For instance...today we launched a totally new system at my job. Since I run the IT department, I've essentially been living and breathing programming and data migration for the last week. I've also got a second draft of a book I'm working on, pass pages for FML that need attention, a short story I need to edit, and a hundred other things that I need to do.
Most of the time, I prioritize my writing. If it comes down to it, I make time for writing even if that means I miss my favorite shows or don't get to go out. But times like this, I have to make my writing career take a back seat to my day job. I can't be everywhere at once, and sometimes I have to make sacrifices. I hate not being able to write every day like I usually do, but like I said: my day job is what allows me the freedom to write. So occasionally having to give up my writing time for it is a sacrifice I have to make.
Plus, I like what I do, so that helps. If I hated my job, I'd probably dislike giving up writing time, but I like computers and databases and all that crap. So it makes it easier.
Getting the balance isn't always easy. Days like today I work 10-12 hours easily and don't have the energy to write.
So, let's hear from you all: How do you balance your writing and your day job (or family or other activities)?