We all have wonderful intentions. In my brain, I have way too many of them. Intentions to write, intentions to market, intentions to sew, intentions to read… The list goes on and on until I finally realize that accomplishing all these things isn’t actually feasible to do in a short amount of time. So what do I do about it? I usually become so overwhelmed I do nothing or worse: procrastinate.
And that, in turn, leads to self-punishment and a whole lot of guilt trips.
The problem is: my mind seems to think that everything is on some kind of time clock that only I’m aware of. As if other people are waiting for me to finish my giant to-do list, when in reality, they could care less.
The only solution I’ve ever found that works for me is to create small, feasible goals. Something I can actually finish in a day. It also helps for me to divide my projects, such as designating certain days for certain tasks. So if my writing days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, then I am only obligated to write on those days, anything else is gravy. That way I don’t get bogged down in the guilt of not finishing my endless list of things to do.
One step at a time, baby steps, whatever you want to call it. It works.
I'm a writer of YA fiction, fiction, comics, television and movies. I try to make all my stories full of jumbly goodness :-)