I'm sure many of you can relate to the intense feeling of elation when you have a project that is coming to an end! I know, because I get the same way. The problem for me is, I ride high on that nervous energy and am soon setting goals for myself that are next to impossible.
Case in point - I am having to postpone the release of my book, Revelations, because I got so caught up in another project, The VooDoo Follies, that I was unable to get everything done in time. I probably would have been okay and hit my deadlines except for the fact that I had some technical difficulties along the way with formatting. Lesson learned! It's good to have goals. It's great to get excited! But I must also set boundaries for myself so that I can stay on track. No more multiple "major" project months!
Speaking from a writing perspective, I have to set goals (deadlines) for myself or I will never sit down and finish. This is where my 12-step program to writing success comes in...
Hi! My name is Christine, and I am a procrastinator.
I've gone two weeks without procrastinating on my deadlines.
The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? Okay, I got that one down!
Procrastination - problem - check!
Too many deadlines, too close together - problem - check!
Step 2 - Recognizing that boundaries will help me reach my goal...
So, I have begun to set boundaries on top of my goals.
No more doubling up on the major deadlines! This month I am finishing one major project early and turning one out late. I hate that! I mean, early is good, but late is unacceptable for me. I am taking it all in stride though. These are the growing pains I am going through in my first year of self-publishing. I am sure there will be more issues along the way - I'll keep you up-to-date. After all, if I screw up first, maybe I save someone else the headache later! :D
That's it for the month of September! I'm 12 -stepping my procrastination/over-scheduling issues. I know, I know... you're wondering where the other ten steps are... Maybe you'll find out in October.
*Hangs head* Okay, I do realize I just relapsed, but I couldn't help it. I have projects to finish that are already running behind.
How has September been for you?