This has been a tough week for me as a blogger. I had a lot of work to do with my other jobs (wedding and portrait photography and dog sitter) so there was little time left to research and write. Additionally, the editorial calendar I created to help me made it impossible to fill the day’s posts as intended. Yep, I did not taste any new wines in the past week which means that Wine Wednesday was a bust and while I have 10 posts started for Thoughtful Thursday none of the posts are completely flushed out so they are not ready for today’s post either. Yes 10 posts, the world is upside down right now and I have a lot on my mind.
That made for a very stressful day yesterday and that is not what I want in my life or for this project. Nevertheless, time ran out on the clock and it seems that I would go two days without a post. Until this morning…
Today is a New Day
This morning I woke up with a different attitude. My morning started like every Thursday as I took the time I needed to handle my dog duties in the early morning. Then at around 9:30am with peanut butter in the dog toy to keep the puppy busy, I sat down to start writing a post for tomorrow – Friday. Once I got going I realized that there is no reason why this can not be posted today. Does the post need to be there for you when you wake up in the morning? It would be nice but no, it does not. Does the topic have to follow the editorial calendar precisely? Again, it would be nice but I also decided no, it did not either.
This blog is a labor of love and it needs to remain as such. I work for myself, because I want control of my time and I want to enjoy every day. I may work 6 and 7 days a week a lot but it is because I love what I do. On the other hand, I understand that work is called “work” for a reason… I just want as few days as possible to “feel like work”. So new day, new attitude and I will make this work for me along with all my craziness and hopefully you will continue to enjoy it with me.
Posting five days a week sounds like one needs to be great at time management. Well, that sucks for me because managing time has always been a struggle. I have always been able to manage my time (not my calendar) in my head with only an occasional mess up. The folks around me are completely baffled and would try to help by encouraging me to make lists with due dates. What I had to share with them was that those lists created more anxiety for me than helped. You see the list just reminded me that I had a lot to do in a certain amount of time and quite frankly it was debilitating. It was all in one place and it just stared back at me – screaming deadline approaching!
But in my head and on a random post it note, it works and is so much less stressful. As I have gotten busier and busier I have needed to modify my methods to be a bit more organized, but without post-its and tape for my paper scraps, I would be lost. This blog may end up being a great life lesson to see if I can manage time better. But I promise to not freak out while I adapt.
Does My Clutter Affect My Time?
If you know me, you know I am also not a tidy and organized person. I have been this way my entire life. My sister’s have decided it is all part of my “creative process” and I have to agree but it also drives them (and Gary) a bit crazy. They have also tried to help get me organized but once again gave up on that as well. The same way that lists are debilitating, organization and order is stifling for me. So I have my piles and my bins and nothing has a permanent home. Yet for the most part, I always know where things are.
I will admit that the clutter can reach critical mass and I lose something temporarily. I will go a little nuts and then begin to tear through it all all until I find what I need. Thankfully Gary has learned to live with this and he has agreed to “manage” me by taking over a critical filing system and the books. I am not allowed to touch either one – and I love that. Oh how he completes me. So no, at least for me clutter does not affect my time in a negative way. The clutter does in fact help me think and process and create. All tools I need for my work…. so I am good just the way things are.
So just know when my process and the editorial calendar clash…I am now good and you may get a post that does not quite fit the calendar. But it was done in a stress free environment.
Now I gotta go clean out my pantry… I think it hit critical mass.
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