When I was little, there was this purple book about a (person? rabbit?) who carried a pocket watch and zoomed everywhere, always hurrying, always rushed. The moral of the story was he needed to stop and smell the roses.
When I was little, I didn’t care about the moral of the story. What was fascinating to me was the illustration in the middle of the book, where there was a detailed schedule of everything he had to do in a week. (We’re talking extremely detailed! 6:45: Wake up. 6:48: Brush teeth. 6:51 Wash face.)
I thought that was the COOLEST thing. For years, and I’m talking from about age 5 – 8, I would trace this illustration on a piece of paper and then fill in my own schedule. (I would still try the schedule thing for years after, but I graduated to graph paper.)
I’m having the same desire now. I feel so overwhelmed, I want a nice, comfy, reassuring schedule to keep track of everything I have to do, so my head can be as spacey as it wants and my life will still stay put-together.
Except every day is different. There is not one day where I start working at the same time, end work at the same time, have to get up at the same time. I miss that!
I suddenly have a ton of BIG projects:
- Competition season is coming up for my students.
- I have five new students.
- I need to scan, sort, and label all my receipts.
- I need to do my taxes: ugh. I need to do Glenn’s taxes: cool.
- My pseudonym’s website is at least two or three years out of date.
- She’s got a great idea about the whole fan fiction thing that she wants to develop.
- I’m still (kind of) on track with my insane writing schedule, but the last two weeks have been procrastination he... (I always procrastinate ending a book, and I’m ending two books simultaneously. It’s like torture!)
- I need to finish two novellas this month, and one of them will require a fair bit of research. I’m laughing, but I really need to do this so I can start 2009 Novel #1 in March.
- And I’m serious about this whole copyediting thing, but I need to learn, practice, practice, learn, and practice.
I Was going to announce a break from blogging, but I think I’ll keep plugging along. I am feeling a little overwhelmed. I need to put more of my life into little routines so I don’t have to remember them.
How do you manage your time? How do you get yourself on a routine? How do you keep track of all that you have to do? How do you manage things so that you don’t get so overwhelmed you feel like you can’t take an hour to watch a TV show without Mr. and Mrs. Guilt each sitting on a shoulder? Are you a list person? A calendar person? A on-the-fly person?