I give up.
One of my summer goals was to compartmentalize my life. I am trying to create the elusive balance, while finishing my manuscript (and gearing up for that incredible journey), preparing my syllabus for this semester (a new text book seemed like such a good idea in June), running a non-profit and figuring out how to train for a 5K at the end of September.
The teacher is the writer is the arts administrator is the aunt is the cat owner is the theater lover is the Red Sox fan. I am she.
I keep trying to find the system that keeps all of this separate. Color coded schedules. Timers. Computer programs. One notebook Three notebooks. As I struggle to find how other creatives make it all work, I have learned three things.
First, there isn’t a blue print for this. There are systems you can try, books and blogs to read, advice to be sought. But there isn’t one answer.
Second, everyone struggles with balance. Well, maybe not everyone. But a lot of people do. We just don’t talk about it, or we all pretend it is easy. So, on the off chance that you are having trouble adding a writing life to your full plate and it makes you feel better to know that others are out there with the same issues, I am here to tell you, I have trouble doing it all.
Third, I have come to a startling conclusion. Maybe I thrive in mush. Rather than putting boundaries up that I just run over, perhaps the better course of action would be to get comfortable with the ooze. Prioritize, meet deadlines, and do my best.
How about you? Do you have a system for compartmentalizing, or does it all just mush together?