I am constantly guilty of taking on too many projects. My wife hears about my latest project addition and shakes her head (in sorrow and disbelief, I think).
Occassionally, my rational mind kicks in and points out the volume of work I have placed onto my plate. When that happens, there is often a reckoning within my own head. What have I done? Am I crazy or merely stupid? What was I thinking?
These thoughts are often accompanied by worries that I will let someone else down. I won’t meet my deadlines. My work won’t be up to snuff.
In my head, those are all legitimate concerns. Perhaps I focus too much on them, but they are important. For me, without goals, deadlines and others relying on my work completion, I spin around and accomplish nothing.
So I stress for a few days until I have a chance to really think through what I have to do.
For example, I have the following list of projects (writing/podcasting only – real life has its own list):
- Complete Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty edits (due September 30);
- Write next Champ McKay episode for Wattpad;
- Write next Mik Murdoch novel;
- Revise/polish Boyscouts of the Apocalypse;
- Edit Portal Under the Sink anthology;
- Plot and begin writing GalaxyBillies 2;
- Get Boyscouts of the Apocalypse ready for self-publishing;
- Relaunch Get Published and put out bi-weekly episodes.