Soooooo, I realized recently that I may have said “yes” to a bit too many things. I have a full-time job and three part-time jobs (freelance editing, AWG program designer, and author). For freelance editing, I have it broken down to two types—fiction and non-fiction—and I have ongoing clients in both. I do Tiger Oak editing every night, and this month I’m reading through a Desert Palm Press author’s first book in order to get ready to edit the second one. For the AWG program gig, I’m in the final stages of it, just tweaking things to make the program just right for the conference in September, but I’ve done a ton of work for it over the last month. For my author job, I’m currently in the middle of Round Two edits and trying to prep things for marketing, as well as writing random snippets in book two.
So my ToDo list is…long. Some might say ~Too Long.~ So what do I do when I’ve bitten off more than I can chew?
First of all, I prioritize my work. Week nights are for my freelance editing gig, plain and simple. If I get to work on the AWG program, that’s great! If I get to work on writing stuff, I’m freaking amazed at myself. During the weekend, I switch gears to work on the AWG program and being an author, but I don’t do a single thing freelance-editing wise just because it takes up a ton of my time during the week. I cherish my weekends, when I have more time to work on the program and work on Round Two of edits, as well as brainstorm marketing techniques and write some random snippets here and there.
Secondly, routine is key for me. Since I have a day-job, I already have a pretty solid week-day routine: get up, make breakfast, feed the cats, go to work, work, and then come home. Once I come home sometimes I’m super happy to edit and other times I really don’t want to. Either way, I say hi to my parents and my pets, I change out of my work clothes and into something more comfy…usually pajamas—Don’t judge; they’re fuzzy pants and a sweatshirt!—I make a cup of tea since it’s been raining lately, and then I sit down to edit. I sink into that world for an hour or two. Routine helps me! Plus, routine helps me shake that mindset of “I don’t wanna edit” and actually do the damn job.
Lastly, if I feel burnt out, I take a night off. Simple as that. I have a lot of work to do, but I know myself well enough that if I need a night off, I take a night off. (For me, taking the night off means I watch funny YouTube videos, play games with my family, read a book while sitting with my cats, chat with friends, etc. but it can ~ and should ~ look different for everyone.)
So that’s my remedy for having Too Long a ToDo. What’s yours?
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