Howdy, howdy! How is October almost over? Next week is book review time and I have no idea what I’m going to review. I thought I was more organized than that, but surprise! I’m not. I’m also super behind on a lot of my goals for the year. It has just been really hard to find a balance between writing and life that doesn’t make me sick of either one. When I hit those points of burnout, it throws off my schedule and everything gets stressful. So, I thought I would ramble a bit about being organized vs. being flexible.
I’m actually a super organized person, even though it doesn’t really look like it. And by organized, I mean that I verge on the obsessive, especially when it comes to my routines. I like plans. I build my writing and slushing (I’m a first reader for PseudoPod) schedule around plans. In fact, I keep goal lists for the week, month, and year. Daily goal lists are something I make most days upon getting up. Knowing what I’m supposed to get done each day eases my anxiety. It also makes it easier for me to say yes or no to random errands (like when Dad asks if I want to go to the grocery store or Home Depot or out for dinner last minute). Being organized is great because it even lets me build flexibility into my schedule.
On the other hand, shit happens. People flake on you. Allergies attack. Computers randomly die or the Internet goes out. Or a million other stupid little things that can’t be controlled happen. Sometimes, I can foresee that my plans are going to be shot for the day (like when I have a doctor’s appointment that should only take 10 minutes, but I know I’ll be there at least an hour), so I make that a “do whatever” day. Other times, I get burnt out by my routine and end up procrastinating for weeks. But usually, life just gets in the way and I have to accept that. Going with the flow isn’t my strong suit, but I’m trying to get better at it.
I’m trying to be more flexible, to just go with the flow. I’ve come to the point where I can acknowledge that I won’t finish all my goals some of the time. I even push less important things back a week (or month or year). It’s not a huge step toward being flexible, but I’m making progress. Building flexibility into my schedules is probably the closest I’ll ever get to being the type who rolls with whatever. As long as I get my main goals done each day, I think I’ll be fine with the flow.
What about you? Are you super organized? Do things messing up your plans freak you out or tick you off? Or are you the flexible kind who can shrug things off and follow the new path with ease? Feel free to share your thoughts or questions here or on my social media pages!