I don’t juggle. Not in the actual sense of the word. Metaphorically speaking, I’m a world class juggler.
Sometimes, I think the real kind of juggling would be easier.
I had the last two weeks off from the day job because of a plant shut down. I had great plans for those two weeks. All in all, about seven projects I intended to either check off my list, or at least take a big chunk out of.
Yeah. You know that ol’ proverb about the best laid plans? So I didn’t get to a lot of the projects on my list because, guess what, folks? I could easily write full-time. You want to know how I know that? It’s what I did just about every hour of every one of those days off. Seriously. Just ask my Sage who I’m sure was wishing I would just go back to work during the day.
Okay, so I slipped into a few rounds of Bubble Town every so often, and maybe spent one or two days hanging with friends — all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, you know. Other than that, I wrote, edited, beta read, and wrote some more.
And it was really cool. Except for one thing. A lot of the time when I was at my keyboard, I was mentally beating myself up for not doing one of those other projects on my list. Some of which are for other people, but none of which have to do with the written word in any form.
It took me until near the end of the two weeks to come to a conclusion. I need to clean house, declutter, just say ‘no’. There are projects I’m involved in just because I didn’t want to say that little word. Things I agreed to do at the time, that have morphed into something I do all the time, because I did them that one time, and which I’ve since come to despise. And things I said yes to because I know how to do them, and felt bad saying no. I should remember what I told a previous employer. “Just because I *know* how to do something, doesn’t mean I *want* to do it.” Quite frankly, I know how to do a lot of things, not all of which I enjoy.
It’s going to tick some people off, and I hope they’ll understand, but it’s time to really focus on the two or three things I want to excel at, and let the rest go.
Like juggling. Yeah, I need to let go of that.