Have you ever piled your plate so high with things you need to do that you forgot most of them? I haven’t gotten that bad, yet, but I can see it coming if I don’t start cutting back on tasks I need to do. My best friend said I should put all the writing stuff on hold until after my wedding. I’m getting married in August. Now, most stuff for that is already done. Deposits sent. We still have to give the caterer our final numbers. I have my wedding dress alterations this week. And another wedding task this week that we have to do or we can’t get married. Most other stuff is taken care of though. So I figured I could keep on working. After all, I couldn’t tell my day job I was taken time off until the wedding. They expect me to work still. Yes, writing isn’t the full time paying job yet but it is earning money.
I realized I needed to cut back on things I wanted to do yesterday when I totally missed a Facebook Party my pen name was supposed to participate in. Because not only did I forget, even though I put it in my calendar, but I had a nap at the time of the her appearance because I had a headache. I’d already run a few errands yesterday and wasn’t feeling great.
After I realized I’d forgotten about the appearance, I looked at my list of things to do and decided I need to cut back. Start saying no.
This blog is once a month for me so that’s not a problem. But other things need to wait until I get back from my honeymoon. I have edits on one book I need to work on. But other stuff can wait. I think. I’m not used to having a plate with only one thing on it. I pile stuff on until it’s falling off and then get a bigger plate. In my personal life, anyway. At the day job if I feel like I can’t finish something I ask for help. What a novel concept. Problem is, with the writing I can’t really ask someone else to do it for me. I need to write the rough drafts, key the edits, do the research. I know me though. I’ll end up working on something else besides keying the edits for my story. Luckily I shouldn’t have anymore appointments, wedding related or otherwise, in the next month and half after the ones this week.
Some problems I need to work on: Not being able to say no when people ask me for things. Signing up for blog hops when I don’t have time. Signing up for other social media events when I don’ t have time to participate.
New rules – don’t automatically say yes when people ask for something. Don’t sign up for blog hops and social media events until I have three or more books to actually promote. What’s the point in getting my name out there via blog hops and social media events when I have only the one story up. And my pen name only has two?
What about you? Are you cursed with saying yes to everything? Do you over book yourself?
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