I’ve been feeling a little stressed lately, what with work and editing deadlines creeping up. Oh yes, I’ve been crazy enough to take on some paid editing and article writing in the last few months. Result is, I haven’t been around much. Ever notice that when you’re doing lots of things, you sometimes feel like you aren’t accomplishing much? I only slow down a little bit when things start coming together, but alas it’s not that time yet.
Yesterday, in my email, I came across this article on Time Management, which forced me to give some thought as to how I function. The article suggests that another time management tactic is to do it tomorrow. This goes against what my mother turned into a mantra. Whenever I avoided something I had to do, my mother told me every time, never put off for tomorrow what you can do today. However, having read the article, I do see the wisdom in assigning some jobs for tomorrow, even though tomorrow isn’t promised to us.
Part of my challenge is that I stress myself by thinking I need to accomplish more than I can or will in a day. I need to cut myself some slack, realize that I’m not so young anymore and that it’s okay if I don’t get everything done according to my crazy schedule. Being too busy is a recipe for ill-health—can you say shredded nerves? And believe me my nerves are showing signs of this—and there’s no point in doing the things I enjoy if they’ve also become a source of stress.
I had a nice email last night from someone who just finished reading Distraction and enjoyed it very much. She wanted to know when the sequel will be out, which reminded me that I had slacked off on the editing side of things for that novel. I could get stressed over that too, but you know what? I have a plan. I simply need to stick with it and stay on schedule, if possible. Beyond that, I’ll only be stressing unnecessarily over situations I can’t control.
Writing this has put things back in perspective for me. Hope it helps you too, if you’re like me and do too much all at once. This sharing is one of the things I like about blogging. When I feel pressured the blog gets left behind, but I can come back at any time, knowing there are friends/writers out there who understand exactly what I’m talking about.
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Have fun this week and if at all possible, stay stress-free!