I tend to be impulsive and optimistic, and to believe I can accomplish what I set out to do. These characteristics can lead to periods of frantic activity and sleepless nights.
Case in point: At the moment I have two novels underway, a plan to publish The Admiral’s Wife at the end of April, a rebuild and rebranding of my author website and this blog, plus the need to move my elderly mother from her current seniors residence to a different one. What was I thinking?
A few days ago, I said to myself, “Self, you should retire and play more golf instead of driving yourself and your husband crazy.”
In the good old days when I had a business career and staff reporting to me, I handled such pressures by delegating. Many hands make light work, my mother would say. With a good plan and a willing team, we often achieved wonders and I was known as an excellent boss to work for (allow me just a little moment to brag!)
As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’m a planner. Every year for the last fifteen or more, I’ve created a personal plan that involves looking back at the previous year’s accomplishments and thinking ahead to the next. The plan encompasses several dimensions:
Needless to say, with all the writing-related tasks underway, the other dimensions of my life are not getting enough attention! I definitely need to regroup and remind myself what’s important “in this one wild and precious life”.
It’s time to delegate!
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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, PARIS IN RUINS, is available for pre-order on Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Kobo, and Barnes&Noble. An earlier novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.