I think for the last month I’ve been in denial. Thinking that I can do several things at ONCE.
Multi-tasking is a MYTH. It simply can’t be done. You may *think* you can do it but something always suffers.
When you have another priority in your life besides writing a novel — and seriously that’s almost everyone — you can’t do everything at once. Something has to drop off the list. You have to make priorities.
This is what I have learned this past month: my day job has priority over my writing. That’s my truth right now. Sad but it is a reality for me. At least with the current job I have. Unfortunately most times I can’t leave my work at the office, it follows me. Most people who work in software technology know that this comes with the territory. And I’m sure that others who have jobs that require “homework” activities outside the office also understand this.
I had been thinking that I could do both the day job and the novel with the same intensity, but this last past month, I’ve found that I cannot. So in this type of situation, I have to reassess my expectations.
I had a goal of being done with this revision round by 4/30 and then that got pushed to 5/31 and the way it’s looking, I won’t make that either. Once again, the day job has swooped in and taken priority with production issues, aggressive deadlines, and just overall software geek chaos. And there are only so many hours in the day. I’ve tried putting sleep on the bottom of my list but even that can only work for so long.
So what is the point of this post? Ha. I guess for me, I need to really come to terms that I can’t do my day job AND write at the same intensity. Not right now.
So what does this mean? This means that my novel revision will just take longer. It will be less stressful for me. And if there’s one thing that I’ve learned this past month is this: A stressful mind does not make a productive novelist.
So are you finding hard to tackle multiple responsibilities? What helps you meet your writing goals? Have you had to change your expectations?