When Life Sidelines Writing

Last month, I started a new job. It’s busy and exciting, and I love it. What I don’t love is that I’ve barely written or edited a word this past month. I come home exhausted and so overwhelmed that I haven’t made the time or energy to focus on writing. Instead, after working 50-60 hours a week, I somehow arrive home and continue thinking about work. I keep checking and sending work emails, making lists, and organizing projects far into the night. I have been consumed by work, and I both love and hate that.

I love it, because libraries are such a great place to work and dream. I hate it, because I should come home and turn off my work mode, but I can’t. Or maybe I just won’t. I already feel fully invested in my new library, and there’s just so much to think through and sort out.  My mind is constantly spinning.

Library is a passion of mine, and I have the tendency to let it become all-consuming, the same as I’ve done in the past with my writing. Now I’m desperately trying to find the balance. I’m hopeful it will come with time, as I get more settled at work, but I also know how much I love a good challenge. Work is an exciting challenge right now, and I’m completely fixated on overcoming all the obstacles.

But I miss writing and editing. As tired as my mind is, I think I need to get back to my words, in order to maintain my own sanity.  I just don’t want to edit from a point of so much exhaustion that I make my manuscript worse. That concerns me.

Still, no matter how much I think about the fact that I’ve forsaken my writing this past month, there’s really only one obvious solution to finding more time and energy to write and edit:

 

JUST

DO 

IT

 

If I use being exhausted as an excuse, I’ll never make headway, and that’s not what I want. I want to be able to maintain both an exciting career and a beloved hobby, and strangely enough, I think there’s actually a one size fits all solution to my problem, which is rare in the writing world.

If I want to spend more time writing and editing, I have to brush aside the distractions and excuses and

JUST

DO 

IT

Nike gets that. They’ve been telling the world to

JUST

DO 

IT

for 27 years now. I guess it’s time I actually listened.

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