Looking around my office at the moment you wouldn’t guess that I’m mildly OCD. By most people’s standards, it’s pretty neat, but things aren’t in their right spot and there are too many things on my desk and in the room. So, I guess if you could see the stress inside my brain at the moment, maybe you would figure out the OCD thing,
Ah, but this is just the tip of the iceberg my friends. Life has been heading on a downward spiral for about a week now and no matter how hard I pull up on the nose, this plane is heading straight for the earth.
I have editing to catch up on, writing to do, reading for professional purposes and a couple of projects to work on. On top of that, I write a comic book column and I’m looking over at the reading table in my home office and just got up and counted thirty-three unread comic books.
Reading comic books should be fun, but when the pile gets that big, it gets overwhelming, especially when I have to decide what to write weekly columns about.
With everything going on, it doesn’t matter if I map out strategies, schedules or whatever I come up with. I still have that deer in the headlights look as I try and figure out what needs to be done first and why it should be done first.
And then, as I’m doing the first task, I second and third guess myself, wondering if I made the right choice. #Awesome
It’s generally in these moments where I realize that I haven’t made any time for me. And no, rebuilding my website does NOT count as making time for me.
I need to take a couple of hours to go fishing, get out and walk, go see a movie or just sit and read comic books for a couple of hours without trying to feel any guilt.
When it comes right down to it, that’s what it is. Guilt. Guilt that I know I have all this work to do and these projects to finish and so I can’t make time for myself because that’s not going to get the work finished any faster.
What I don’t realize and what many of us don’t realize is that if we don’t take care of ourselves in some capacity, we won’t ever get our work finished and what we do get completed will probably suck because we’re too burnt out.
Take time today or tomorrow and allow yourself a small break where you do something you want to do. As soon as I finish this, I’m grabbing my pole and my service dog and we’re heading to the local docks to see if we can grab a couple trout.
What are you going to do to treat yourself?
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