Sep 5, 2012
IWSG - Practicing my Preaching
I got a call last night from someone wanting me to take over a job that could be lots of fun, but it is lots of work. And it's all volunteer. And a big part of me wanted to say yes.
But then I took a moment to think about what I want to accomplish in my life, and this job isn't there. While I could probably make it all work - no, I could make it work - it would come at a cost to something else because of how busy I am.
And I know that cost would be writing, the thought of which makes me sick. I had to virtually slap myself, questioning why I was thinking about taking this job when I have been lamenting lately the lack of time to write. When I have been beating myself up over not meeting the goals I set for myself over the summer.
Too often, I get excited about the possibility of working on a project, and the people who work with this opportunity are amazing, which is probably the big part of the draw for me. But I don't need to be in charge. I need to write. I need to make this a priority. I need to stop saying yes to something when all I want to say yes to is my WIP, the publication process, the possibility of being a published author in my future.
Have you caught yourself trying to add more when you should be taking away? Are you ever frustrated by your own actions (or near actions)? How do you keep the balance of everything you want to do in your life?