I hereby interrupt what has unexpectedly become a whirlwind day to bring you my weekly ROW80 update.
When it comes to my work in progress, the past couple weeks have been pleasingly productive. By setting aside at least a few uninterrupted hours each Friday to work on my fiction piece, I’ve gotten into a good work pattern and am entirely confident I’ll be able to reach my goal of 50 pages or more by the March 22 deadline. Still, with major projects, exams and papers looming in all three grad classes, I’m worried that my much-loved uninterrupted writing time is about to become…well, not only interrupted, but potentially eliminated between now and the end of February.
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Truthfully, as personally important as my WIP, blog posts, reading-for-pleasure time, and so on are, I know that I ultimately do have to prioritize my responsibilities and obligations instead. And while I’m fortunate that the majority of my required obligations are things I feel passionate about, I definitely get hit with the occasional “busy work” assignment or project that is lacking in long-term value. This reality can be frustrating, but at the same time, I know that if my WIP truly is that important to me, it’s up to me to make the time for it, no matter how tired, burnt out or stressed I might otherwise feel.
I’ll keep you posted, crossing my fingers that the old saying, “When there’s a will, there’s a way,” holds true throughout the coming weeks! And now, back to my regularly scheduled indexing assignment.
How do you find the right balance between what you absolutely must do and what you love to do?