For the past several months, I’ve been stressed out (more than usual) with the house, various work projects, and writing. “Only” three arenas, but each one is
mushrooming like a nuclear blast cloud blossoming with activity and responsibilities. The deeper I delve into each “project,” the more work there is to be done. As soon as one deadline is met, sixteen others pop up behind it.
I’m never “caught up.”
I never get to let out the relaxing sigh of, “Ah, I did it. Now it’s time to kick back and slack off.”
How did this happen? When did I get *this* busy?
I don’t know.
A theory: I’ve been *this* busy all along, but my mind has never been this divided between equally important things. For instance, when I was in med school, my primary focus was, well, med school. Yeah, I studied for 12-16 hours a day, but I didn’t have other things demanding just as much time, so it worked pretty well. Same for residency.
Then the writing bug hit (2+ years ago now). But I could handle it. The day job was more reasonable (9-10 hours M-F, with some evenings and weekend call days, but not as bad as residency), so I could write in the evenings and/or on weekends.
Add blogging to that. And other forms of social media. Critiquing. Beta reading.
Then, nine months ago, I found The House. Even if I wasn’t physically involved in something house related, my mind certainly was occupied with it and the
catastrophes issues involved with purchasing a foreclosed fixer-upper.
I. Ran. Out. Of. Time.
No matter how I figured it, there wasn’t enough hours in the day to fit it all in.
I had to let something go.
My life is still a WIP, but here’s some thoughts/tips I considered useful in juggling things around to maintain some sort of sanity:
- Take it one day at a time.
- Realize I can’t get everything done and that’s okay.
- Prioritize based on which deadlines are most pressing.
- Tackle tasks in manageable pieces.
- Accept the fact that it’s okay to let something go for a while with the understanding that I can (AND WILL!) get back to it later.
- Stop fighting the clock (because it will win).
- Despite the rush and amount of work, I take breaks.
- Remember to laugh (humor is a mature defense mechanism–yes, that’s the technical term–and it is FANTASTIC!).
So, dear friends, what’s your strategy when you’ve juggling too many balls?