Planning it Out
I was challenged this week to make a plan for July and show it to a friend. If she wasn’t holding me accountable, I never would have done it. Penciling in deadlines for articles, a trip to Boston, prep for a guest lecture, and student critiques…it all seemed actually do-able. Note, of course, that I’ve set the novel aside for the summer. But then I added in prep at the end of July for the week I’ll be teaching in Michigan in August (I have to ghost-write blog posts for 2 organizations ahead of time, scheduling their publication in advance). I also timed myself this week on email inbox management and am spending a minimum of 45 minutes per day handling basic email tasks, and an average of almost 2 hours per day actually responding to people in detail for more involved messages. That’s 10 hours per week! A second glance at July had my head spinning.
|Glad mine doesn’t look this bad!|
My friend and I looked at the messy pages and agreed: Well, it’s not really going to let up until mid-September. Next question? What do I do in order to keep from slipping into the grip of exhaustion between now and then?
I vow to continue taking time off in the evenings, whenever humanly possible. I vow to have 1 sleep-in day a week so that I’m getting 8 hours at least once. I vow to call the local hot soak spa and schedule a mid-day (= cheap) appointment for a soak sometime in July. I vow to keep reading books, because, while it’s not writing, it’s surrounding myself with what I love and that’s a balm.
August will be busy, but comes with the promise of 11 days free from Internet and phone while I backpack The Wonderland Trail with 4 friends. We’ll do almost 100 miles in 9 days and I’m looking forward to unplugging. Meantime: Deep breath. Pop the shoulders. Exhale. And…back to work.