Sushi anyone? I just spent last night glueing pencil eraser sized sushi into custom 3D printed bento boxes because another event is coming up this weekend. There is no break in sight and getting this post done was my way of getting some writing in.
If you looked inside my brain, you would see million lightbulbs flickering not because of deep thoughts but because I want to do everything all at the same time and I can’t. My daily life comes down to choosing what is possible to get done in one day without turning the anxiety meter on high. I had to teach myself to know when to pull back and when to push myself.
I was tired of a yo-yo life of too high of highs and too low of lows. I wanted something a little more steady and keeps both peaks in check. I’ve let myself get to the point of exhaustion and I’ve let breaks go on a little too long. Some kind of shift had to happen because both extremes were bad for my health and creativity.
When I feel things tipping too much in one direction, I tell myself out loud, “Steady as it goes.” A blog post, a page, one tiny piece of art is better than none at all. Humans can have factory line moments but even they need to be recalibrated and maintenance once in a while. Remember this when you think you have to stay up all night to meet a goal because it might be telling you to make goals with incremental steps. You know you won’t be any good the next day if you’re so tired that you fall asleep at your desk.
Let’s get real with what we can accomplish in one day. Your prompt for today is not to write another page in your story. Today is about pausing, checking where you’re at with your writing. In other words, we’re having a maintenance day. Look at your overall writing goal, then break it down into smaller steps that you can accomplish in a shorter amount of time. Then, focus on one step at a time.
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