Sunday, February 27, 2011

In Over My Head

Yesterday was a pretty productive day, culminating in a meeting to revise and finalize the Policy and Procedure manual for my local writer's group, something that's been in the works since 2003.

Unfortunately, none of my productivity was the stuff on my list. And the same thing happened today! I spent hours darting (figuratively) here and there, getting ready for The Month of the Hero. And I'm still doing it! I stopped writing this post to go set up that page at my website, then created a few more links, then posted on Twitter, then took a deep breath and came back here.

I still have to set up my posts for the week and schedule them to go. They're written, but need some additions and tweaking. I also have mail to prep to send, some revisions on three chapters to enter and print so I can mail them tomorrow, a contract to finish reading so I can mail that tomorrow, too, a checkbook to update, an insurance policy to review and file, and the aforementioned P&P manual to proof, since our overachieving committee chair already made the 26 pages of changes we discussed over 3 hours last night. OY!

I have a synopsis to finish by the end of the week, some phone calls to make, and my annual mammogram tomorrow. Oh, and the Carina marketing plan to complete for my March 28th release!

I'm a little worried about my ability to get that all done. I mean, it's already 5:22 p.m.!

What's your go-to defense for drowning in "must get done NOW"s?


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My 'go to' I think is Amaretto on the rocks.
Get busy now.

MJFredrick said...

I don't know, but I'm there, too!

Catherine Campbell said...

When I foresee major to-do's on the horizon, I cut back on the booze, get enough food and sleep, and make a detailed, step-by-step plan. Then I carve out a solid chunk of time alone in which to get 'er done. Only when all these stars align can I psych myself into doing good work. It's all about prioritizing, planning and blessed lack of other commitments.
Which reminds me of everything I should be doing right now if I weren't a little hung over, tired and hungry. Good luck!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

I have Kahlua! Maybe I'll go make some hot chocolate...

I figured you were, MJ! LOL

That's all nice in theory, Catherine! :) I don't drink enough to cut back (zero to less than zero?), and eating and sleeping take away time to do the to-do things! :) Plus the whole "chunk of time alone" part...well, I actually had that much of today, and I'm filling it up with other stuff! :(

Colene Murphy said...

You'll get it!! And all that rushing will come together and be so great in the end.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Thanks, Colene, I hope you're right! :)