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Since I joined RWA almost six years ago, I’ve added many chapters and groups to my list, and I love them all. I actually belong to five critique groups, though I’ll admit I don’t frequent all of them to the same degree. Add to that classes, the judging I commenced two years ago, along with the book reviews I now do for an online site, and you’ve got what has to be three full-time jobs—with no time for housecleaning (sob).
And I couldn’t forget the jobs of new writing, revising and, last but not least (at least it isn’t supposed to be) promotion and marketing.
Somewhere around three-four months ago I decided I needed to do something about this. But what? The idea of giving up any one of these was absolutely repugnant to me. So, I prioritized. First, I started a new document, which listed everything I do. Next, I made a 7-day calendar, assigning tasks to each day and it actually turned into eight.
.It didn’t work. I hadn’t allowed even one hour for sleep.
Giving up any one of these would be tantamount to giving up one of my limbs. Which one do I pick? Answer: None.
This reminds me of the time when I was a music student at Northwestern University. I worked full time, went to school full time, took piano lessons on the side, and then made up my mind to learn the organ. I signed up for lessons with my piano teacher, received permission to use the organ at church for practice, and proceeded to begin lessons. But there was one thing I hadn’t factored in. The organist was upwards of 6’3” or more, I didn’t know how to adjust the bench without ruining it and, used it the way I was. Since I was 5’ at the time (I’ve shrunk since), every time I reached for the foot pedals, I fell off the darn bench. So much for that. I was forced to reduce my schedule.
While I believe most posts suggest solutions for whatever problem they’re writing about, other than what I’m doing now, I have none. Therefore, I’m putting the question out here. How in tarnation can I solve this problem without giving anything up? Do any of you have similar problems? Put your red hat on and tell me.
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