I am in the process of decluttering my life (starting with my technology, moving on to my stuff, and so on). I have come to realize, in the past week, that I have somehow unintentionally plunged myself into a never-ending cycle of writing things, submitting things, neglecting things, scrambling to get things written on time, and repeat.
I’m already terrible at reminding myself to relax, so this isn’t really helping.
The only way I really know how to start cleaning up this part of my life is to actually list out everything that’s going on. I thought you might be interested in a little glimpse into how I spend my time, when I am not watching Markiplier try to beat expert Super Mario Maker (he finally did it, I can live my life again).
So I’ve created a list of the abundance of writing projects I have for some reason decided to commit myself to. How, and why, I have no idea.
Keep several things in mind as you view the list below:
- I am single (characters are enough of a hassle to handle at the moment without having to keep tabs on another human being other than myself)
- I work from home (no commute time, I set my own hours)
- I am crazy (probably)
- I do actually enjoy this, 95% of the time.
So here are all the things I didn’t actually realize I have been trying to juggle.
I know. I have a problem. Trust me, this is not news.
Unfortunately, the only way I’m going to be able to cut down on the work load I’ve given myself is to, obviously, prioritize (meaning the blog posts, novel and ebook will have to come last). Many of the other points are ongoing projects that don’t end, though. So I’m also simultaneously going to have to choose one less important project, e.g. my ebook, to chip away at until it’s done.
I’m really good at working on a lot of different things at one time, but at the moment, it isn’t working as well for me as it used to. I’m putting very little time and effort into projects I really want to try and finish as soon as possible, and a lot of time into things like articles I don’t get paid for, because I enjoy writing them and I care about the audiences they go out to.
I’m slowly nearing the end of grad school, though, which means things are only going to get busier before my load lightens significantly. There are also some other BTS things I can’t really talk about publicly, which are exciting and anxiety-inducing all at the same time.
I want to be able to put 120% into everything I do, and I know I can’t do that when there is too much going on. I’m thinking this week I will try to double up on blog posts, do some serious outlining for my ebook, go on another YouTube watching hiatus (sigh) and give myself an actual cutoff deadline for my novel, so I have an incentive to finish it hopefully by the end of the summer.
I’m not sure what’s going to happen to my brain in the next few months. But I can assure you there’s some great content coming your way (so don’t miss out on the extra stuff). I don’t plan on taking any time away from this blog. Sorry – you’re stuck with me. :)
Tell me what you’re working on this summer! I love hearing about your projects, too!
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and an eight-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter.