Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Life Interruptus


Current Project:Secrets of a Mayan Moon
Status: 28,000 words

Life Interruptus has been my affliction this year. I can't keep up with all the things I have in the past.

Grandkids, trips to graduations, watering in Princeton, farming, promoting. It's a wonder I get any writing done!

Actually, the trips to Princeton I get my most writing done. There are few interruptions. I just change the pipes morning and evening and the rest of the day I can write to my heart's content. I've been thinking about staying there a day longer than I need just to get more done.

Poor timing on my part. I've scheduled a huge blogging promotion blitz that starts next week and runs through the Fourth of July weekend. I'll have thirty-five people here from Friday until Monday for a family reunion, and I'll need to hop on the computer a couple times a day, every day. What was I thinking!!!

So what do you do to work around Life Interruptus?

6 comments:

Genene Valleau said...

Hi, Paty! With all your commitments, I'm amazed at how much you get done!

How do I deal with Life Interruptus? I slow down. Seems contradictory, doesn't it?

However, I know if I feel overwhelmed, my energy is drained and my creativity freezes. But if I can look at a block of time--like this week--and see lots of time to work on the projects I want to, I actually get more done.

This goes along with reminding myself to prioritize. That includes scheduling MY projects at the top of my "to do" list instead of pushing them aside for requests from others. And I'm being more realistic about how long projects will take, and building in extra time if something unexpected comes up. I'm still mastering this challenge, but doing better.

And, Paty, I really like your goal of no Internet until you hit your writing goal for the day. Perhaps not always do-able, but if you start with that idea, I think you accomplish more over a period of time. This is along the lines of pick ONE thing you want to accomplish today and do that first. That way, you carry a sense of accomplishment all day.

Timely topic! Now, I'm off to accomplish that ONE priority for today--actually, I have three priorities for today, but hey... LOL!

Genene Valleau said...

Hi, Paty! With all your commitments, I'm amazed at how much you get done!

How do I deal with Life Interruptus? I slow down. Seems contradictory, doesn't it?

However, I know if I feel overwhelmed, my energy is drained and my creativity freezes. But if I can look at a block of time--like this week--and see lots of time to work on the projects I want to, I actually get more done.

This goes along with reminding myself to prioritize. That includes scheduling MY projects at the top of my "to do" list instead of pushing them aside for requests from others. And I'm being more realistic about how long projects will take, and building in extra time if something unexpected comes up. I'm still mastering this challenge, but doing better.

And, Paty, I really like your goal of no Internet until you hit your writing goal for the day. Perhaps not always do-able, but if you start with that idea, I think you accomplish more over a period of time. This is along the lines of pick ONE thing you want to accomplish today and do that first. That way, you carry a sense of accomplishment all day.

Timely topic! Now, I'm off to accomplish that ONE priority for today--actually, I have three priorities for today, but hey... LOL!

wavybrains said...

I'm the queen of life interuptus right now, and I certainly don't have advice as I am coping by taking a hiatus from writing for a little bit. Strangely my brain is in plot overdrive with the guilt removed, which is kind of a nice benefit. I just wanted to offer commiseration and to say that if anyone can make it all work--it is you, Paty. You inspire me constantly with your juggling act and ability to keep plugging away. You rock.

Paty Jager said...

Ahh, Genene, slow down sounds wonderful.... If only.
Just yesterday as I stood in the office where my husband works handing him his lunch before I headed to Princeton, my daughter, who is down here this summer while her husband is at a remote station, called and asked if I could run to Vancouver WA with her to look at a car. So instead of going to Princeton I returned home and waited fro her to pick me up. Then we headed to Vancouver at 2pm and returned home, empty handed at 11:30 last night. And today, I head to Princeton. So slow would be definitely nice!

Bethany, You have a very good reason for having life interruptus. I'm glad the plotting is still swirling in your head. And thank you for your confidence. My goal at the moment is to have the WIP done by the end of July. We'll see. If I make it to Princeton today that gives me a day and a half of interruption free writing. I could use it.

Paty Jager said...

OH, and Genene, as you can tell the last few days I haven't stayed with my plan of no internet before so many words. But I intend to stick with it next week when, hopefully, my life is back to semi normal.

Genene Valleau said...

Ah, Paty, sometimes goals need to be reshuffled for "life interruptus." :)