So many details. So little time.
I have entered a season in my life where the details have increased to the point of making the population of Minnesota’s mosquitoes in the minority. I’m the type of person who tackles a project in a singular focus until it is finished. Maybe a little OCD, getting greyer by the minute. If you missed that post, you can find it here. I’m the bull-dog with a bite that won’t let go until it’s over. Broke a couple of teeth trying to pry my jaw open. I can’t live life like that. Nor can I just avoid all the little details either. Balance.
My first novel is set to release this fall, and the publisher has already released two short stories with another one on the way, if all goes according to plan. Who would have thought there would be so many details? There’s more here than planning a wedding and welcoming a new baby. I LOVE it. I know, I’m insane. But tackling a project this big, I’m having to learn how to juggle all the little different pieces. Editing, reading, writing, secret project, drawing, planning, analyzing, social media, marketing, etc. These are a project in themselves. There’s no way I can run through the edits of 90,000+ word novel in a day or a week. MAYBE a month. No, who am I kidding? I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old. Ha! I feel the grey hair coming on already. Balance.
This year I am having to learn my rhythm. How not to be pulled into too many different directions. Instead of fixating on one thing, I’m learning to do a little here and there. Instead of a bulldog, I need to be a bee. Not that kind of a B. 😛 Busy as a bee flitting from one flower to another, working here, there, making plans and lots of lists, and eating lots of chocolate. Ack! Just thinking about not focusing on one thing is making my eye twitch. Thus the chocolate.
So what say you? How do you tackle projects? Singular in focus like a bulldog, or are you more like a bee buzzing steadily from flower to flower?