I had some pretty ambitious plans for my works in progress this year. I also wanted to revise THE ARCHIVES and work on the project I had started for NaNoWriMo in November. (But I can’t keep that project and its characters out of my head; they’re begging me to write about them, so it never ended in November!)
But then life got in the way. Work got in the way. From the start of 2012, I’ve been working 40+ hours a week with only four days off this month. That took over my entire schedule, so my ambitious plans just weren’t possible. Time I would have spent writing was instead spent catching up on sleep and being with my loved ones.
Luckily, I managed to reform my writing and revision schedule so it’s easier and less stressful on me. Writing is probably the number one joy in my life, and I’d hate for it to become a chore.
Yes, life does get in the way, and when it does, it’s important to realize your deepest values and what you’d most like to achieve. Time becomes even more precious and it’s important to be aware of how and with whom you spend it. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself what or who is most important to you… and schedule time for those things or people. It’s true that sometimes you have to make sacrifices, but what you really want above all is to be happy and productive… without getting burnt out.