A place for reflection, thoughts, and opinions.
We all have the same amount of hours in a day – we all have the same amount of days in a week, yet it seems like some people have more than the rest of us. Those super-productive people we see online, or may know in real life, make us feel like we aren’t using our time well.
I see them, and envy them. I envy their lifestyles, and they way they always seem to be happy and productive. But there is a danger in pushing ourselves too far, in forgetting to set out priorities and letting go of things that we simply don’t have time for.
We all have things we want to get done, I know I do. I want to build this site up, write my books, get the most out of my degree, read all the books on my TBR, as well as take time to do the things I know are good for my mental health – yoga, journaling, preparing fresh food, keeping my flat tidy and clean, sleeping… All the lists go on and on.
So how to set our priorities? The answer? I’m still trying to work it out. Usually I look at things with logic, what is important right now? The problem I’m having at the moment is that everything feels important. So, how do I decide?
Here’s my thought process
- University is right now, it’s time-bound, it will come to an end
- Writing my own projects will still be there in three years, and I am going to be writing as part of my degree
- My website is the thing that’s giving me the most good feels right now
- I need to read in order to write well, and not reading makes me sad
- I need to sleep, cos tiredness makes me do things not well
- The better my mental health is the better my output will be
Which leads me to the conclusion that my mental health needs to come first, which means a massive recenter of my life. University needs to come next, because it’s a once in a lifetime thing. I don’t get a second chance at it. And writing my own projects…sadly, writing has somehow become the lowest priority, because it’s the thing that will wait.
I’m not sure how I feel about that.
Silver lining: as part of my degree I’ll be writing out of my comfort zone. I’ve already written two poems, within actual standard forms, which has frightened me forever.
I’ll still look out for little slots to put in working on my pirate story (currently untitled cos I stole its title for my blog) and Elondria, but they can’t be a priority.
Which then leads me to Nanowrimo…I need to make a decision on that.
I think working out my priorities in life is going to be a work in progress.