Lately I've been confused by why I feel overwhelmed. I mean, I was very sparing with the scheduling of activities this year, or so I thought. What I've found, however, is it isn't so much what I've directly set up for myself, as how many doors I've put up, where others can, and do, come knocking...incessantly. For example:
1. Put children in school.
The thing is, I thought I this would free up so much of my mental space for writing, catching up on other things, and even getting some nice breaks during the weekdays. Oh the hilarity! The emails and FB messages requesting donations of money, supplies, and time, is NONSTOP! Requests from their teachers, from the administration, from the parent organizations. The messages come in about twice daily. Sometimes we can donate, other times not, but somehow I manage to feel like a creep for not giving them everything they ask for. Then there is the usual school events, and homework that no child could possibly get through without a great amount of parental assistance. This will be our first, and last, year with this brand new charter school. I mean we aren't new to this schooling thing, our children aren't that young, so we know this is beyond the norm. On the bright side, we are almost halfway through the school year. End of May we can happily say good-bye to Life-Sucking Elementary.
2. Wrote and published a book.
Well, all that work is out of the way, right? Ohhhh no. Late nights spent getting that next chapter out while it was all fresh in my head, or getting yet another round of edits managed, to keep to the deadlines--that was just the warm up act. Now comes the climax, the death defying act of the circus of my life...getting people to know about my book, so they'll consider reading it.
So I blog, I Facebook, I Tweet, keep up a website, did a two week promo blog tour with some interviews and what not thrown in, and I keep a continual lookout for other potential ways to get the word out. So while I'm here: If you are reading this, please read my book. Even the few readers who hated it, still couldn't seem to set it down. And the ones who liked it, say things like, "Hot! Stayed up all night to finish!" and the like. I think it's safe to say that The Wikomsette, whether sexy or smutty, hot or disturbing (perhaps all these things) IS a page turner. :)
Rather than continue today with the few other things in my life that have spiraled out of control as far as time, and mental energy consumption goes, I think I'll sum up with the solution that has only just occurred to me.
1. Get back to writing a daily To Do List.
2. Remind myself that anything that comes in during the day that is NOT on the To Do List, is not that important (unless it is literally life threatening).
3. Get at least two things a day done, from the To Do List.
4. Pat myself on the back for accomplishing something.
5. If I get more than two things on the list done, reward myself for being an amazing "high acheiver" ha ha.
6. Spend the rest of each day enjoying my family, and life in general.
7. How did this list get so long? I can't handle a list of seven things a day!
God bless and Happy Living!