I’m Not Picking Lettuce. . .

I don’t want to complain too much for as I remind myself I am not picking lettuce in the field, but it seems that there is never enough time to do everything. During the week, my time is divided between working at my full-time job, working out and working on the second draft of the second Antique Hunters cozy.

And, on the weekend, my time is equally limited. My husband and I like to work on the plotting for the cozy as well as our next science fiction novel. It is nice to have the luxury of time when I am awake to work on these. However, my girlfriends who are also off on the weekends like to get together. That is when they go to estate sales, antique stores and flea markets. I enjoy these pursuits and spending time with them but it is challenging because it takes away from everything else.

This leaves me torn. Which activity do I choose to pursue? How do I divide my time? On top of all my other commitments and pursuits, there are also all the usual household activities. Laundry tends to pile up. Currently there are three baskets in my office/closet that need to be put away.

I know I am not the only one with this dilemma and that I risk sounding whiny. I am trying to figure out how to squeeze the most out of my days and accomplish everything I wish to. Since I turned 50, i have felt this urgency at an increasing rate. The stories dance around my head, the characters talk to me, and I long to write them down. But work gets in the way, the laundry gets in the way and even my pleasurable pursuits get in the way. How to juggle everything?

I have taken to completing tasks in batches. Writing this blog post while monitoring my work email account. Doing laundry while working on chapters in the second mystery. Meeting friends at an antique shop which I can also use for marketing and research for the next Antique Hunters Mystery.

If you have any advice on how to accomplish everything, please let me know. I am open to suggestions. In the meantime, I will remain thankful that I am not picking lettuce in that field. (A reference to an episode of Undercover Boss).

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  1. If there is anyone who has an answer to your dilemma, I’m sure they could patent it and become millionaires! I have a feeling you are doing what all the rest of us are doing – hoping and planning so many things that there doesn’t seem to be any way to keep up. I am twenty years older than you and I’m still trying to catch up! (Perhaps, I’ll just go out to the garden and pick some lettuce…)

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  2. I feel your pain! I’m working a full-time job too, posting on two group blogs, writing the next Sandy Fairfax book, planning my next series, writing a newspaper column and serving as a lector at church. Plus housework and feeding cats. One thing I did was to reduce my commitments. I had another occasional writing assignment to which I finally said no, I can’t do it anymore. It was time consuming and I didn’t enjoy doing it anymore. I prioritized and picked the things that served me best.

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