Monday, June 10, 2019

Same Thing Equals Same Outcome and a Hiatus

These past few months I've had the same goal: Get Folds in Life and Death ready for publication. And each month, I have not completed that one goal.

Well, it's a bigger goal with lots of smaller parts. I see the list of these smaller parts, and I get overwhelmed. An overwhelmed Cherie is an avoidant Cherie. I've been avoiding social media, emails, visiting blogs, and, of course, working on Folds in Life and Death. Then, I feel guilty about avoiding things I need to do, which just furthers my desire to complete them. And then I realize how far behind I am, so I get into my head that I must do all the things, but it makes me even more overwhelmed. It's a vicious cycle hampered by my overall lack of energy.

But I do need to change all that. So I'm going to try to narrow my approach to my to-do list. One item at a time. Put the blinders on and try to forget the other 99 things on the list. We'll see how it goes.

So I'll have a chance to catch up, I'm taking July and August off from blogging. I'll be back on September 9.

What are your goals? Or are you avoiding them like I am?

And I'll leave you with some good news. My sister finished writing her first novel in May! She sent it to a contest, so keep your fingers crossed for her.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I can relate - I'm avoiding my manuscript at the moment.
Just pick one item and focus on that first.
Hope you get a lot done during your break.

Natalie Aguirre said...

My problem is just not enough time during the day when I'm alert. I'll be slowing down blogging for the summer too but not taking a total break. Hope you accomplish your goals.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats and good luck to your sister!
And, I can relate. I have a big to do list and usually it motivates me, but lately, I've been ducking and hiding from it.
One small step at a time seems to be my motivation at the moment.
Happy word-by-word writing time in July and August!

H.R. Sinclair, Southpaw said...

One thing at a time! That's my motto too. Congrats to your sis and good luck to her!

Patricia Lynne said...

That's what I have to do. I make to-do lists for the day then focus on one item at a time. If I look at the list as a whole, it's overwhelming.

Heather R. Holden said...

Know too well how daunting catching-up can be. Have suffered from that a lot this year. Hope your blogging break leads to lots of productivity!

And aw, congrats to your sister! That's awesome! *crosses fingers*

Cathy Keaton said...

I'm so distracted by my life right now, I'm amazed I ever crack open my first draft doc. Hang in there, Cherie! The journey of a complete novel begins and ends with a single word.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I just went through a whirlwind of so much to do I didn't know where to begin. A little time off will be good for you.