In a way, I love working part-time. I love the extra free time (although I need to develop the discipline to use it more effectively for writing) and, being an introvert, it gives me the time I need to recover from being around people for eight hours straight.
On the other hand, more money in the bank account would be a happy thing.
The other drawback to part time work, though, is losing track of time, especially if your schedule changes from week to week.
For instance, I was certain that I had yesterday off, until I looked at the dry erase calendar on the refrigerator on Wednesday.
(Seriously, that dry erase calendar is one of the best things I ever bought. The dates are written in black, my schedule (work and otherwise) is in blue, my roommate’s schedule (work and otherwise) is in red, and stuff that applies to both of us is in green.)
(I love color coding almost as much as I do lists.)
So anyhow, yesterday I was thinking it was Friday (because in my head that’s when I had to go back to work) and I could wear jeans. Nope. Thursday. I laid out a pair of scrub pants so I’d remember to wear the right clothes.
Now, today it’s Friday and I keep thinking that it’s Saturday.
I don’t think I’m ever going to catch up to myself.
At least, not until Monday when I’ll be off for four days again.
Meanwhile, I’m feeling overwhelmed by projects that are piling up. (Have been piling up.)
Even my normal method of making a list doesn’t seem to be helping. (Of course, I made my list far too long — it’s a general “to do” list — so I really need to make another one of just writing projects. Er, make that, just current writing projects — if I included the stuff in the “Novels I’m Ignoring” folder it would be even more overwhelming than the general to do list!)
And then I need to prioritize it. Except they’re all priorities. Every. Single. Thing. on the list Needs. Done. Now.
But the main thing that needs done is developing the discipline to do it.
Because no matter how big or how much you dream, they don’t become reality by themselves.
So this is a wake up call to myself — and to anyone else who needs it — it’s time to do it!
“All ya gotta do is put your mind to it
Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it.”