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If you haven’t already figured it out, I love productivity. I’m obsessed with checking things off a list, completing tasks no matter how big or small, and doing all the things. I have a lot of goals in life and I am always trying to get one step closer to finishing them.
With a global pandemic happening and adding a whole lot of unknown to my already anxious mind, I’ve discovered just how unsustainable my schedule has become. I preach narrowing your focus and finding your priorities, but even I have to be reminded to take a step back every once in a while.
So instead of trying to do it all, I took a look at all the goals I have for this year and figured out how to rebalance my life.
I got engaged at the end of March! It happened much faster than we both planned simply because all our plans were basically scrapped with the pandemic. The jeweler was delayed, we don’t know when things will return to normal, etc. It is what it is… but it’s also extremely frustrating.
There’s nothing we can do about knowing when this will all be over. We can’t control the state of a pandemic or know when groups will be allowed to meet again. My fiancé and I decided that while we will sign our certificate before the end of July, we can put the wedding planning on hold. Instead, we are focusing on the little paperwork things we CAN control and tackling those one at a time.
My daily job is considered essential services. That means not much has changed here. However, I have been given more opportunities to work from home. So now I schedule a few days in the office for some of the bigger tasks and save some smaller work for days where I can stay home. It helps minimize the stress of driving in and keeps me on task when I do go into the office.
Here’s where my life has really turned upside down. I love writing but with all the changes and things I want to accomplish, I’ve had to rearrange my writing projects.
- Novels — I just released my second novel, the second in the Soul Series, but I also want to continue my momentum and finish the third book. I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo during April and shoot for my 50K goal. My thought process is that I might be planning a wedding in November so I want to get my words in.
- Medium — I love writing on Medium, and it’s where I can also share my work here on this page. However, with the marriage things and the novel taking priority in April, I’ve cut back on production. That doesn’t mean I don’t have material, but it’s not getting the attention it once did. Keep in mind I’m working full time, planning a wedding, AND trying to write a novel. There’s only so many hours in a day to maintain sanity, so while I still plan to post once a week, I’m not going to stress about anything more
- Podcast — I did, however, decide to launch a podcast. On a particularly slower day, I went ahead and recorded brand new material and got them all edited for release. I have a few episodes in the queue but I’ve found that the material I record would be great blog posts as well. I’ll be converting some of my current blogs into more in-depth podcasts as well as turning a few podcasts into blogs! Using the content in two places helps me not feel overwhelmed with work.
- Patreon — I’m turning my current work into a new way to get support and continue writing. I’ll be releasing my first book chapter by chapter each week. And for a few extra hours a week, I’ll be producing some commentary to go with those chapters for anyone who can support me. It’s a bit more work but it helps me build my creative life a little more. Plus, I can share my first novel for free for anyone who doesn’t have the resources to purchase the book on Amazon.
Priorities shift during times like this. I’ve had to adjust to not working on Medium twice a day or five times a week. It’s hard to change my routine like that but when I sit back and think not only about my priorities but my mental sanity, it makes me feel a lot better. I know I’ll be able to pick up my work at Medium again. I know this podcast will have its ups and downs as I get used to the setting. My book is one of my favorite things so I know that needs to take higher priority in my creative work. My fiancé is also critical to this puzzle, and figuring out our future together is exciting and needs my attention.
How have you adjusted your priorities? What are your struggles or triumphs? I’d love to know!
Originally published at https://www.laura-winter.com on April 16, 2020.