Bitter, party of one, please.
I have so much on my plate from now until December 6th (when I finally turn in my book manuscript). Now don't get me wrong -- the things I've planned both here on the blog, in the craft show circuit, in writing assignments, were totally mine to take on and CHOOSE to do. That's not what's getting to me. What's getting to me is that feeling of lack of control.
|One of my vintage typewriters, this one a Corona.|
Does anyone else feel like that? That lack of control that sneaks up and builds and sits on your shoulders (usually laughing its stupid head off)?
It's the sneak attacks that make things go awry and make me want to run screaming down the street waving my hands over my head. Planning Christmas visits. When will I decorate the tree? The house needs dusting BADLY and someone's writing notes in the dust. I'm overdue to volunteer at the animal shelter. I can't find the bottom of my desk, or my FLOOR in my office for that matter.
Time to start making lists.
There are things that HAVE to be done -- turning in my book manuscript. Preparing a new writing assignment. Updating my web site for Christmas. If I sell a couple of pieces of jewelry, I can hire someone to clean the house. (If). And I don't really care if Zack's LEGO creations are in the middle of the living room floor.
(We love the $7 grab bags at the LEGO store!)
Making a list always seems to bring me back down to earth. Granted, more things usually come to mind when I MAKE the list, but categorizing them, shuffling them around, and realizing that some things just are NOT going to happen right away -- that tends to calm me down.
|Photo I took in St.Michaels, MD|
My list is pretty intense. Ironically, I like it that way because I feel like I'm accomplishing something when I check things off. It also helps me keep to task, and discard the extraneous things that don't really need to be done just this minute. But the same Energizer Bunny method I have for working occasionally requires new batteries.
The take-away from this -- Lori, calm the hell down. Do some yoga. Write a prioritized list and then a secondary "would be nice if it got done" list. Take a nap when needed, but don't run away.
I don't know if you, my lovely readers, got a thing out of this other than Lori needs to take a chill pill. But I hope you're doing well, checking off your lists, and if you feel like running down that street waving your hands in the air...
Give me a call. I've got running shoes ready.