As I have mentioned before, I have a Writing Buddy. Laura Bridgwater and I meet every Thursday at a fabulous cafe to discuss writing, set goals and critique each others work. During a recent meeting I had my annual breakdown because I was trying to do too much and I couldn't think straight. I wanted to give it all up and walk away. As she does every year, Laura talked me down from the ledge.
She shared with me a strategy she had been trying. She called it FOCUS.
We looked at all the things I had going on: Northern Colorado Writers, blog, my writing, speaking at other conferences, organizing the NCW conference, book reviews... (she shook her head and rolled her eyes at me while I rambled off my list. It was clear now why I was losing my mind).
She asked what my goal was and I told her I wanted to make a living as the NCW director. So she said, I had to let some things go and FOCUS on this.
So we decided I had to let go anything that did not directly relate to helping NCW thrive. Speaking at conferences could stay because it was a marketing tool for NCW. We decided I had to let go of writing book reviews, make my blog a part of NCW and get some members to help write posts, temporarily let go of actively seeking article ideas & markets for my own writing and even let go of the self-imposed pressure of trying to write every single day.
It felt as if a huge burden was lifted off my shoulders. All I had to do now was FOCUS on NCW. I could wrap my brain around that.
Since making this decision, life has been easier and I find that I am getting more done. I am still making some transitions (finding people to help with this blog, updating the look of it and finishing up a book review I already started). But, my head is no longer spinning.
I was a little worried about letting go of the magazine writing, but I realized I still do a lot of writing through the NCW newsletter, website content and this blog. I will get back to magazines in due time.
What do you want to FOCUS on? Are there things you need to let go in order for that to happen?