While I find great value in the things I do that are writing related, they do take away time from my actually writing. I am Secretary for three different writing groups, I judge for writing contests, I critique and/or edit for friends, I am assisting with our local romance writers conference, and many other things. So, while I am investing in my career through networking and leadership positions, it does take time away from when I could be writing. It’s a sacrifice I find worthwhile.
On the non-writing front, I have other huge commitments that take a considerable amount of time and effort, but that I also find hugely rewarding to me personally.
Then there is my writing which is also a top priority commitment.
And, somewhere in there I have to find time for family, friends, business, romantic relationships (less so at the moment, I know), and relaxing Clancy-time (I’m a movie / TV show junkie so that’s a lot of time and it’s NFL Season). All in all, my life is getting in the way of my life.
All of you can relate I’m sure as everyone has to balance a variety of activities. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to over-extend myself and get worn out. I’m a little worn out now, in fact.
That worn out feeling in not particularly conducive to my creative mojo. Regardless, I have to find ways to balance these things, squish out enough hours in the day to do all I need to do, still sleep, and be creative whether I am feeling the mojo or not.
The hope is that at some point, I’ll figure out how to not over-book my life, so I can have one too. I made these choices and I’ll survive them. Heck, I’ll thrive because I think I like the pressure, but I do think I could juggle a little better or choose a few less balls to throw in the air. I’m trying to work smarter so I don’t have to work harder, but I’m not sure I’m succeeding. If you’re handling it all better than me, please share?