When I first agreed to write today’s Blog post, I had something totally different in mind. However, the good Lord always seems to have other ideas and plans for me. As I was somewhat time-poor at the time of writing this, I decided to draw upon something I’d written in the past. My post from two years ago, initially posted on my old Webnode blog contains quite a few points relevant to this topic. If you’d like to refresh your memory, click on this link: Running on Empty
Hmm, priorities! I don’t just take on too many tasks in my private life, I also manage to do this with both reading and writing tasks. I have even managed to throw a couple of editing jobs into the mix … just because I can.
I don’t seem to have learnt how to simply say ‘No!’
But, didn’t you know I’m a jet? I love to multitask! … ahem.The oxymoron ‘You must be empty to be full’ was explained in my post ‘Running on Empty', but in case you’d rather not reread it, it equates to this. When our hearts and minds are cluttered with so much junk, we are unable to focus on the important tasks at hand. We need to stay still for a while, sort through the less important stuff, and the unimportant nonsense, and just let it float away. Those things will still be around another day, and perhaps be more relevant then, or if we are lucky they won’t matter at all anymore. Once our tank is empty of nonsense, we can refill and regain energy to do what must be done.
When my manuscript (first draft) disappeared into cyberspace, I thought the world had come to an end. Then I decided to put any plans to rewrite it away for a while. Now wouldn’t you think this would give me a lot more time to play with? Yes of course it did, but I’ve managed to fill this time with ‘other obligations’ … ceasing to ever say ‘No!’.
It could be the manic side of me rearing its ugly head, however, I think not. I’ve got something to say, so listen carefully.
‘I am a Professional People Pleaser’ (PPP)
|Now he has his priorities in place.|
The problem is I’m pleasing most other people without any thought or regard for what I need. Right now, I need a better system. I have a paper diary, a wall calendar (so HoneyBun knows what I am up to), and my diary on my smartphone. But even with all these tools I still cannot remember what I’ve promised, what appointments I must keep, or even what I was going to buy to prepare that night’s dinner.
So why ‘perfect prioritisation’? Well, it may not be perfect as very few things are, but it will be perfect for me once I’ve finished tinkering with it. The calendar and diaries must stay (there’s a wee bit of OCD here), however, I have come to the realisation that I need to add something to my repertoire, something more immediately visual, and something that gives me more of an overview of the whole week. Introducing ... the weekly planner! ( either bought or homemade) ... Dada!! I desperately need to clean up my act, and I am hoping like mad that this plan will work.
I believe that whether we are working within an office environment outside of the home, on a building site, or indeed writing from home, a solid plan is necessary. Of course, there always needs to be room to move within the plan, considering unforeseen happenings, but I seem to have lost the ability to efficiently organise myself (Perfectly Prioritise). Maybe when I left my paid job four years ago I thought I didn’t need to be so orderly. Well if that’s the case, it’s not working, is it?
|Just wondering if this is overkill??|
Priority for this week: Make or buy a weekly planner, gather up all my pretty, colourful markers (ahem), and spend time thoughtfully reflecting upon everything I do throughout each day (and that would include time spent on social media, like Facebook and other equally important sites *wink*).
What about you? Are you running on empty? Is it sometimes okay to do that? How does lack of planning impact your writing? Do you have any suggestions or plans that work for you? How do you motivate yourself out of a corner that is filled with 'must dos'? I would love to hear from you.
Jo’Anne (aka PPP)
Jo’Anne (aka PPP)