Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Do You Ever Feel Buried?



Lately, I've been feeling a little overwhelmed. I'm querying, submitting, writing, outlining, planning, blogging, tweeting, updating, and revising--and that's just my writing life. I'm starting to heal from my surgery in December and realizing that while my husband has done a great job of taking care of me and the kids, my house is a disaster and my Christmas tree is still up.

Yes, really.

So, as I'm able to start walking around and getting things accomplished, I just don't know where to start. It doesn't help that I'm also signed up to help with some school fair stuff and don't get me started on my son's boy scout projects...

So, I know all of my blogging friends feel my pain. How do you deal? Where would you start? Your advice may keep me from hiding under my covers with leftover Christmas chocolate... Use it wisely.

21 comments:

  1. My answer these past few weeks has been chocolate and really my tight jeans are telling me to find another method to cope.

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  2. I pick one thing for the day and if it gets done, then I'm okay. (because you know you'll be busy with kids and writing and life-ing so just one extra thing is all I can promise myself.) And for the record, I just took my tree down yesterday. *hug*

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  3. Chocolate helps. I like Laura's answer. One thing a day is totally doable, right? I always pray to find out what's the most important thing for me to do on any given day, and I usually get an answer. Good luck!

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  4. One thing a day sounds reasonable to me! I was feeling buried for a while during the holidays, but things are looking up.

    Hey, maybe you can do some brainstorming while you take down the tree, two birds, and all that!

    Have fun!

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  5. I feel your pain! There are just too many things to do. I've been tempted lately to fall back on the age-old advice to actually schedule out my day--what to do for each hour. It worked on the mission... but missionaries don't have to plan around unpredictable children.

    Why don't you try the schedule-your-day thing and let me know if it works? :)

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  7. Oh yes!!!!! There is never an end either. And whenever I work on one thing, I worry about what I should be working on instead.

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  8. I'm a to do list junkie. Something about a list gives me that Ah Ha, I can conquer you! feeling. I use lists for everything from book revisions to chores.

    Although if I'm super overwhelmed, I cut the "unimportant" things first - the things that no one but me will notice if they go undone.

    Good luck with the recovery! :)

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  9. My advice, do what you can - when you can. I've learned what you don't have time for, will still be there for you when you do.

    I know not very helpful. Life is just too short to worry the small things. (Hugs)Indigo

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  10. I feel buried all the time but have to remember that I can't do everything and that I am only one person no matter if my kids think I am a superhero. *wink*

    I breathe and write and read and then I blog when I can. I don't even have internet at home right now so I am even further behind on catching up than imaginable, but I will get there. There is hope. :)

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  11. You only go around once in this life and taking up time cleaning is clearly overrated. So when you get the urge, clean something and if you don't have it, the thing that needs cleaned will still be there tomorrow. As a matter of fact, even if you clean it today, it will still need cleaned again tomorrow...

    my head is spinning.

    I need chocolate.

    And another for the record: One of my trees is still up and since it looks so cheery lit, I'm still plugging the lights in :o) Who knows when I'll take it down.

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  12. I think real always has this element, but sometimes it becomes more so as in your case. I agree with many of the others--take it in steps. My life didn't get nuts all at once and it won't get fixed all in one day.

    But I have been thinking a lot lately about everything writers and aspiring authors are supposed to be doing with blogs and twitter, etc. and I keel wondering when we're supposed to, you know, write.

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  13. Ah yes, all the time!!! My day job is very overwhelming sometimes. I work a help desk and spend most of my time being pulled in a dozen different directions at once. Then I come home and am too exhausted to write. I think the only thing I've found to do in those situations is make out a list and try to tackle things one thing at a time, but often it means you have to find ways to cut out some things.

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  14. omg I could have written your post, up to and including the boy scouts! I have not had surgery but have been dealing with a virus since December and it is so hard to really come up for air.

    The one-thing-a-day advice is something I am trying to follow. Family life and online-writer life are hard to manage effectively.

    I make lists, and sometimes I write things on my list AFTER I have completed them just so I can cross them off.

    Today I resigned from a volunteer gig (it KILLED me to write that email, I am (used to be) a juggler!

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  15. I find avoidance is the best possible action.

    No. No. No.

    I'm just kidding. Do a little every day. Don't forget to relax. And eat something good.

    You can do it girl!

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  16. Oh no! I hate to feel burried like that. Usually, when I have many things to do, my head starts aching. So I have to take lots of coffee and aspirins. But I always try to think it's temporary. All things are, right? You can do it! :D

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  17. Love the graphic! Sometimes you have to just do what you can do.

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  18. I just do what I have to. So what if the tree's still up. It will come down eventually. Don't stress over it. You're healing. That's hard work sometimes.

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  19. Love this picture. And I feel your pain. :)

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  20. Yes I feel buried under a growing mountain. I agree with LT and the others who said they try to accomplish one thing a day. Sometimes that is all I can handle.

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