With the way my life is going I feel as if I'm going in five (or more) different directions at once. When you were in college or single, there was time to game and do everything else you wanted to do. With kids, jobs and volunteer activities, your life get's crowded and busy. But if you are like my husband and I, you really want to game, as well. The hard part is finding time to do so and not feeling as if it's just another chore on your list. Let's discuss some things we do to still have fun and not feel like we are obligated to play roleplaying games.
My first advice is to try and make a little time every day to work on an adventure if you are the GM. I don't always take this advice, sorta like I don't always write every day like I should, but if you try and spend ten or fifteen minutes a day on setting up stuff, it won't feel like a chore. One day I might do a room description, the next make up a main bad guy or his minions. If you take it a step at a time, it doesn't seem like a time a sink. I usually do this in between my real chores or volunteer activities, so it feels like fun, versus a chore.
Tomorrow some ideas to help make planning easy.