You may have noticed that I have slowed down posting to this blog, a by product of the pace I've been keeping and all the balls I am trying to keep in the air simultaneously.
I've learned to recognize certain behaviors in myself when life hits fever pitch, here are a few things that I tend to do:
1. write less (never a good thing)
2. read less (probably worse than writing less)
3. my mind is always one step ahead of where it should be creating a persistent feeling of pressure and feeling behind
4. my kids are not nearly as entertaining to me when things are super busy
5. less time spent with the doc
6. the house reflects my generalized neglect of my surroundings
7. inevitably I hit critical mass and my motivation swings in the opposite direction, so...
8. I transition into this space of neglecting the important things and opt for a marathon viewing of Wallander
9. I avoid responsibilities and spend too much time on Facebook
10. I pull out my sketchbook and pencils instead of completing an important project that has a looming deadline
Crazy no? At first I dive right in to what must be done, but I don't come up for air enough. When I finally reach exhaustion and come up for air, I avoid diving back in....until I am once again overwhelmed with the pressure and the diving gear goes back on. This cycle is easily tagged as #insanity
I need desperately to develop the skills to balance all that is going on: end of the school year, work, book writing, new business venture, kids, home and oh yea, the cross country move coming up in 3 weeks.
I need to learn to better pace myself for a longer haul versus overkill and exhaustion. Balance the must do's with a reasonable sprinkling of saw sharpening activities like:
- reading books inside living room forts
- long conversations with the kids and the doc
- etc. etc.
My hope is to begin working on this balance over this long, holiday weekend-
I hope your weekend is filled with fun and enjoyment!