Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Knowing when to say, "When."
I feel overwhelmed by all the contests, conferences, blogs to read, twitters to tweet and comments to make. Not to mention keeping up with facebook, emails, my critique group, and last but not least, finding the time to write.
So, this post is dedicated to knowing when to say, "when." How do you know when that time is right for you? I just read the newsletter for Authors Incognito, of which I 'try' to be a part. It's one of those things I get behind with. They have some really fun activities planned, but they are way down in Provo and I'm way up here in Honeyville. Argg. It seems I never get the time to check my email address that goes with AI either.
I've been trying to decide which conferences to go to or if I should go at all. Also, I'm finishing up my course with Longridge Writer's Group. Aren't I supposed to fit being a mother and a wife in there somwhere? Good grief, I have too much to do. So here is what I do . . .
My family comes first. Then exercise.(I have to do that since I sit so long at the dang computer. I refuse to become a sedentary, tired old lady.) Writing is a very close third. It has to be somewhere at the top since it's the reason I am where I am and the reason I know who I know. I will NOT put it on the back burner. Then comes my critique group and my emails. I flit over to facebook throughout the day just to take a break, but I don't spend a lot of time there. I never tweet. I just don't have time for that. Then comes reading other blogs IF if have the time and inclination. I always comment if I read a blog though. I think it's rude not to. Someone took the time to write, you should at least say, "Great post."
Housework, sadly, is last on my list. Thank heavens I have a great bunch of kids who help out.
The moral of this tale is this. Know when so say, "enough!" It's different for everyone, but know yourself. Know when you need to say no, or when to take a break. It will keep you sane and healthy. Put your priorities first. Some people don't and they wonder why they are unhappy and get nothing done or have no time for themselves.
Keep your life balanced and everything else will fall into place. Good luck and God speed! =)