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Time Management

I only wrote 5 more pages of the new novel this weekend, bringing the first-draft chaos to a mere 127 pages. Finding time to write can be challenging for any writer, I know, but it's always more difficult when there is family involved. Of course, I don't have children, but I do have a partner, and I'd be lying if I said we never had minor tiffs about the time I spent on my writing projects. Not that my partner isn't incredibly supportive of my endeavors, often lending a hand to various projects, first in line to proofread and comment, but I often feel guilty while I'm writing, selfish, self-absorbed. I don't know if it's the time spent writing so much as the time spent in this rich, inaccessible (to the other person) inner world. I often wonder what is the right balance, to be fair to myself and to be fair to everyone else.

But I think everyone has (or should have) hobbies, and this is mine (although I believe it to be more than a hobby). How do other writers in marriages and relationships, with or without children, manage?

(I was even so good yesterday not to watch the World Cup final so I could at least get those five pages on paper). Viva la Furia Roja!