Thursday, 11 May 2017

You Can't Do Everything

Over the past two months, I've had a full roster of To-Dos, both in everyday life, work and my writing life. Last week I got sick (my partner loves to bring home colds for me) and what should have been a simple cold ended up as a day of throwing up and missing work. I think it was my body's way of telling me enough was enough. You cannot do everything.

I have continually added to self-given responsibilities. As soon as one project is finished or one event is over I give myself no time to say "well done", but instead immediately move onto the next problem, all while finding more and more to add to my plate that I can't possibly eat. 

It's important to give yourself a break. At the beginning of this year, I gave myself a goal of having two days a week where I could "clock out" mentally. So though I would go to work and the gym and do the physical things, I would use those days to listen to audiobooks, play games and watch films. As soon as my schedule was slightly off this slipped by the wayside. I was back in the cycle of mentally punishing myself for not having enough ticked off of an impossible list. 

Last week has shown me I need to simplify. I need to stop putting pressure on myself to find more and more work: my writing has to come first. Yes, it's hard when I'm in the middle of a fifth or sixth edit, and I can't see the forest for the trees to find the motivation to look at that manuscript again (when I know how many times I'll have to go over it again if it is bought) and want to swallow hot coals instead, but if I keep my nose to the grindstone I'll soon look up, and it will be finished. 

My beautiful, shiny new project will be waiting, ushering me into its open arms ready for an adventure. 

I've just got to work hard and keep it simple. 

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