Stop the bleeding

I love what I do, but I also love when I’m not doing it. Writing books is a tedious and long process, that requires a lot of work, and almost all of your time. For the most part, I have a schedule of the days and allotted time I give myself to write. Once I’m at the stopping point for the day, I just can’t seem to stop going. I’m very motivated and highly driven, so I don’t know if I should attribute that to me being an over-achiever, a perfectionist or straight up work-a-holic. Whichever I am, it doesn’t matter, because I am having a hard time trying to stop the bleeding. Writing always spill over into other things that I’m supposed to be doing, but I make up for it by saying things like, “I’ll get to it tomorrow, and I’ll just add extra time so I can do it.” Yea, time that I don’t have! Yet and still, I continue to “rob Peter to pay Paul”.

Writing is everything to me, and I’ve somehow managed to let it take over me. To say I’m addicted would be an understatement. To say I’ve got to work better on my time management is a true statement. Fortunately for me, I’m single and don’t have any responsibilities, other than myself. On the other hand, if someone depended on me, I’d wonder if they really could, considering I have a lot going on. However, I’m starting to realize I don’t need a lot on my plate to feel satisfied. As a self-proclaimed Superwoman, I convinced myself there was nothing I couldn’t do. As with any powerful person, I did it all, because I believed I was invincible. To a certain degree, I still feel that way. What I also feel is terrible, because of my neglectful ways.

Many of you are probably CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, business women/men, parents, spouses and so much more. You work more than your typical 9-5, and can’t remember what a 40hr work week looks like. No doubt you’re overwhelmed, overworked and on the verge of blowing a fuse, because there’s so much to do, with little time to do it. So, you start staying late to work, because you’ll just grab something to eat on the way home, while your family is waiting for you to come home for dinner. Your kids have important events at school, but you can afford to miss a game or two. Besides, mommy (or daddy) is there. You bring your work home, only to infringe upon family time, and you wonder why your marriage is falling a part, and your kids are distant. Perhaps, it’s because you’ve distanced yourself from them. Remember, your family will be there, even when your work isn’t.

You don’t have to be a superhero. Just prioritize and make time for what’s “super” important to you, your family.

Until next time my NOTE takers!

Deetra La’Rue

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