Between illness, broken Internet, and various other demands on my time, my focus petered out at the end of the last ROW80 round.
I’d like to say that won’t happen again. But that means something will have to change.
My Internet should be fixed soon, but that may not be enough.
Can I reduce the impact of being sick?
The last few times I’ve been sick like this, it’s taken ages to go away. I suspect this is because I don’t get enough rest. However, setting aside my goals to give myself time to relax doesn’t really work; even if I don’t write, I still stay up late and lose sleep.
For all I know, I’d actually get to sleep sooner (and heal better) if I did keep my writing goals.
What about those other demands on my time?
Some of these are house-related things (e.g. organising repairs). Some are related to things at work. But the majority are social commitments.
When I started ROW80, I basically had one day out a month. I’ve now got fencing every week, and various other social things on three weekends out of four — plus, often, a one-off thing on the fourth.
This probably isn’t that much in an absolute sense, but every extra commitment is one fewer day I can use to work on my own projects (like writing). Combined with being sick (and therefore being behind on everything), this adds up to more pressure than I’m used to.
So, what can I do about this?
Improving my time management would help, but I don’t think that’s going to happen in the short term.
Which means I need to reduce my commitments — either cut down on social situations (and become lonely), cut down on writing (and feel my goal of being a serious writer slip further from my grasp), or cut down on my other hobbies, like programming (I’d like to keep up my skills for what I do at work) and reading.
I’ve considered cutting down on punctuation (especially parentheses), but it’s too great a loss for the time it would save.
If this were an easy choice, I would have made it already.