Playing Catch Up

I’m currently moving ahead with a very aggressive list of all the things I want to do — write, new job, spend time with family, get yard in better shape, get me in better shape, etc.

The problem comes up when something slips behind a bit and all of a sudden you are trying to play catch up on an already full schedule.

There are a few ways to attack something like this:

1) Don’t sleep for a few days and try to get caught up.

The problem, of course, is that you need to be awake to function and keep up with your overly aggressive schedule.

2) Pretend you didn’t miss those things and just reset them for next week (or whenever they would next come up).

The problem here is that you tend to miss the same ones over and over again.

3) Fix the problem by building in at least one slack day or some slack time for things that got missed.

The problem here is that I then begin to rely on this slack time and don’t do what I need to do on a regular basis.

4) Stop trying to do so much.

That would be the smart thing but that has never really been an acceptable approach.

5) Add MORE things to your to do list that you really want to do but make doing them contingent on getting caught up.

Well, of course, I’m doing #5.  Behind on novel #2? Not a problem — start novel #3 but you only get to work on novel #3 when novel #2 has been worked on.

It’s an approach and I’ll let you know how it works out in a week or so.


About kentostby
Kent Ostby is a fiction and efficiency writer who is willing to dabble in just about any other phase of writing as well.

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