It’s the middle of July. I didn’t think much of it until I ran across two channels that were indulging in Christmas in July weekends. Christmas. Didn’t we just have Christmas and the Super Bowl a few weeks ago?
The realization that we are in the last half of 2013 got me to thinking about my goals for the year. I didn’t write an official list, but in my head I had a totally doable plan.
- Finish my first novel and publish it by November 1.
- Start an author blog.
- Start social media accounts to support my marketing efforts.
- Attend Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July – plan my second novel.
- Attend November’s NaNoWriMo – write the rough draft of the second book.
Five little things. It seemed manageable.
Lack of Planning = Collapse
What I hadn’t planned for each goal having its own to-do list and those items having their own to-do list, etc, etc. This is when that overwhelming feeling crept in and stomped on me. My mind spun. How was I going to complete everything?
I look at the authors I follow and asked myself how they accomplished so much? They take care of their families, write several books each year, run a blog and social media campaigns, publish multiple books each year, host podcasts, teach courses, host webinars, and attend conferences.
They make it look easy.
I don’t do half of what they do, even though I want to. I’ve reached the point where the spinning of my head is preventing all coherent and creative thought! I need help, I decided, as I flew off the tilt-a-whirl and sailed through the air. This is going to hurt, I just know it!
The Incredible Hulk
My daily to-do list is growing like the Incredible Hulk! Where am I going to find time to work on all these extra things? Continue reading “Are Your Goals Overwhelming You?”