Thursday, July 10, 2014

Juggling Life

Finished the Fablehaven series last night at 2:00 am.  I should have put the book up but I just couldn't.  It means I'll be tired today.  I have to figure out what book I'll be reading next.  I know it may seem strange but I usually have a book on my kindle, one on my fire, and sometimes a physical book all going at once. 

I've got one audio book going in the car.  I find myself looking forward to it everytime I head to my car.  I have some extra driving to do today which means extra time in the car.  This also means I'll likely be hearing more of the story as well since I won't have any passengers with me. 

I'm going to shift though from reading non-stop to working on writing again.  My todo list has gotten much longer while I've been off in other books.  I have managed to check off some things from this list.  I corrected an error in my front and back material in all my books; made the final decision on the cover for the next poetry book; submitted some articles and a variety of other things. 

I can tell I've not worked on writing items for a while, I'm starting to get antsy about them.  I feel like I'm behind schedule but I keep reminding myself it is my own schedule.  However, this is a pay weekend so we have errands to run and Sunday we have friends coming over.  I'm looking forward to having them come - it reminds me to keep that balance in my life.

In between all of these, I have to put a bunch of manuscripts away (they are edited versions of a story) and clear off some space on my desk so I can work at it.  Ken got the furniture organized in my craft room which means I need to go in and organize the room.  Right now I have containers of crafts sitting around which annoys me.

I need to find a balance of getting all this done.  Some of it I can do in my recliner with my feet up so I will save those tasks for when my legs hurt and I can't do the other stuff.  The craft stuff I will try to start first thing in the morning so my legs are in good shape but this means I need a non-pay weekend to do them.  Hopefully next weekend I'll be able to work on both the craft room and the office. 

My biggest problem when I'm working on the office is I get into decision overload.  I'm cleaning and organizing which means making tons of decisions of where and how things are going to be organized.  I get to the point where I can't figure out the best place for one more thing. This means I don't quite finish the room.  Life happens and things get put here and there and suddenly my office is a mess again. 

My second biggest problem with the office is I'd rather be writing and working on submissions than doing the cleaning and organizing.  I can spend hours at my computer working on a story, submitting work, researching and so on.  I get lost in what I am doing and forget that I was going to organize the room instead.  I just need to stay on track. 

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