Now that my younger child is home with me again, finding time to work is once again difficult. But writing while mommying, (and doing everything else while mommying) is possible with a couple of tools.
Write down whatever you need to do during the day. Laundry, Twitter, writing Christmas cards, making lunch and dinner, all of it. Put an asterisk next to the things that must be done that day. Other than the usual (making meals, playing with Small One, writing) the must list is probably short.
Assign a time limit for each activity on your list. A kitchen timer is now your best friend for organizing the day. As you start say, folding the laundry, set the timer. When that time is up, move on to the next thing. Seriously, move on. Unless the world will end if you don’t get that thing done today, MOVE ON.
Plan on activities the Small One can do while you’re writing. Think something long and involved, like building blocks/legos/tinker toys/lincoln logs. I’m also a big advocate of letting them watch Sesame Street for an hour. Yep, I said it. TV! That’s another hour of writing time for you.
For all the other times, keep a small notebook and pencil in your pocket, or stash a bunch of them around the house and in the car. When an idea comes to you, write it down. That way it’s not lost to the ether, and at the end of the day, or the following day, you can get it into your story.
Remember to give yourself a break. You’re not going to get everything done, and that’s fine. You’re a mom, not an octopus, or a robot.