Where Has All My Time Gone?

I don't remember the last time I felt so BUSY! Before I get into this, I want to start with a precursor: I AM NOT COMPLAINING!! Just venting. :o) I'm sure it could be a lot crazier, but for me, this is crazy enough!

-Hubby started harvest, so I cook for 2 additional guys who are also staying at our house for 2 months.
-I LOVE this campaign and try to check out other blogs and reply to you amazing peeps who comment on mine.
-I'm going to an SCBWI retreat in October that requires reading and critiquing 3 other ms's, in addition to helping out my awesome betas. (BTW, what I've read so far is awesome!)
-I hosted a Pampered Chef party for my sis-in-law (and got $60 free product, woot!)
-I teach music to the children in church and we're getting ready to perform in a few weeks.
-I have two studly kids who keep me busy anyway, and who I try to read to and play with as much as I can.

Anyway, lately I feel like I'm scrambling around, and I haven't written anything since the first campaign challenge! I keep going on Twitter and seeing everyone's tweets about how they shot down 1k words today or whatever, and I so admire you right now!

I've read this same topic on several other blogs, but I'm just adding my little tidbit: It's all about BALANCE! I'm slowly whittling down, scratching things off my to-do list, taking breathers with my kids, until things settle back down again!

Here it is, guys. What do you do when you feel like things are out of whack? How do you get balance back?


Peggy Eddleman said...

Whenever I'm feeling like I don't have time for something-- anything that makes me crazy if I don't get it regularly-- I step back and prioritize. I look at what's bugging me the most that I can't get to, and what's standing in the way of it. It might be not enough time spent with kids. It might be not enough time spent writing. It might be not enough time to keep up with housework. Anything not absolutely essential, I don't do until whatever is bugging me the most has had some time spent on it.

But I guess the trick is to be balanced well enough all the time, so that things don't get to the point of bugging me so bad. Too bad that's SO much easier said than done!

Abby Fowers said...

It is about balance and a schedule helps, but life is just crazy. There is no getting around it. Sometimes I get so frazzled wondering how to do it all. You are not alone! It sounds like you have your hands full so just hang in there. When things mellow a little - take a deep breath - and schedule yourself some writing time! :)

Kelly Polark said...

I hope to get in a good balance by October. Back to school and all three of my kids bdays plus a new job have made my wip lonely. I need to find a routine to write!
But better to be busy than bored. Good luck balancing!

Sarah Tokeley said...

I'm very lucky in that I don't have too many demands on my time, I still procrastinate though!

Unknown said...

I hear you on that. I feel life pulling me in all directions and I'm trying to push back. Everything sounds positive and exciting in your life though, and I'm happy for you for that.

For me, I just need to get some writing done in a day or I'll go crazy, so that's what I force myself to do :)

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Joanna said...

Well you sure aren't sitting on your butt procrastinating!! I sure hope the SCBWI retreat next month is truly REFRESHING for you!

Unknown said...

When overwhelmed, I wheedle things down to only the essentials. One of which is getting enough rest. Has to be a priority or everything else falls apart.

Jen Groepl said...

Even positive change causes stress and it takes some time to adjust. Like others have mentioned, I focus on the essentials when I start feeling overwhelmed. :)

Cortney Pearson said...

Thanks, everybody! I'm glad I'm not the only one who goes a little crazy sometimes :D. It's definitely good to keep priorities in order!

J said...

Lol I'll let you know when I figure it out. I'm struggling with the same thing right now, and I feel like it's turned me into a bit of a whiner. Here's to a fresh start for next week! :)

Jessica Love said...

I go crazy a lot, so I feel you.

I try to take a step back and cut out the things that aren't critical...at least for a little while. It helps me clear my head.

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