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Apparently I am incapable of moderation, and also I can stretch time?

This does not come as a great surprise. A couple of weeks ago I looked at my growing to-do list, decided to be sensible, and said I’d be scaling back the blog to 2-3 posts per week.

However there’s this maxim that goes: “If you want something done, give it to a busy person” and I’ve realised I might be the human embodiment of it. Because the less I have to do, the less productive I am with any of it. Jobs take me hours, my house is a mess, etc. Give me more, though, and suddenly I’m a productivity machine. 

My thinking went like this:

  • I have at least two large projects to work on in August.
  • Currently I have a full-time job during the week and I work on my blog on Sundays.
  • So I should ditch the blogging time on Sundays and use that as project time instead.

But in reality it’s gone more like this:

  • I have two large projects this month.
  • I have a full-time job during the week.
  • On Sundays, if I’m not working on my blog, my brain will refuse to work on anything at all, and when the week begins again it will start procrastinating even though that’s not usually my style.

So I guess what I’m saying is that it’s going to have to go back to normal daily posting on the blog, because taking things out of my to-do list doesn’t seem to work, and these reams of time for my other projects appear to have opened up during the week anyway. It’s like the more work the universe throws at me, the more hours it gives me in each day. Or more realistically, the more I know I have to do, the faster and more productively I work, and the less I procrastinate.

How do you deal with the ebb and flow of busyness and quiet times?

2 thoughts on “Apparently I am incapable of moderation, and also I can stretch time?”

  1. Busy times are almost easier for me because I’m extremely focused. I have set deadlines and then writing fiction becomes my outlet (along with whatever I do in the outdoors, with family etc.) Quiet periods are a nice break from the stress, but without deadlines, it’s as if all the things I wasn’t doing during the busy times come into my head at once! And then it’s very difficult to prioritize. Somehow, setting my own deadlines doesn’t work quite as well for me as when others set them!

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    1. Same here! Quiet times are good if I have almost nothing to do, but I don’t do well with an in-between time. And yes, arbitrary self-made deadlines don’t work for me either, I need some kind of external pressure to get things done.

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