At any given time, I usually have multiple projects on the go. Some of these are attached to specific goals, while others are in support of overarching goals like developing as a writer and growing my online presence.
These projects include my blog, books that I’m reading to review, several other platforms on which I write, a couple of books in progress, and preparing for a new venture I plan to launch on my blog this summer. It’s a fair bit going on, but usually it’s manageable.
Except lately it hasn’t been. I’ve been struggling with my illness, and my productivity has really taken a hit. Often these significant drops in productivity last about a week and then I’m able to start getting back on track, but this current dip has been more sustained.
My standard practice since I started blogging has been to have a store of content written ahead of time so that I can be unproductive for a while without it affecting the output that’s seen by my readers. That has served me quite well, but it only works for so long, and right now my prewritten reserves have dwindled below my comfortable buffer level.
That means that, at least for the time being, I have to focus my limited resources on what matters the most, and shift everything else over to the back burner. My number one priority is and always has been my blog, but beyond that picking and choosing what else should be front of mind requires some more thought.
The key, though, is to push myself to make those prioritizing decisions anyway, and give myself permission to let other things go for the time being. Just before I started writing this, I closed a browser tab that had been sitting open for an article in progress on another site. While that sounds minor, I don’t do well with remembering things that aren’t in front of me, so by closing that tab, I was symbolically acknowledging that I won’t be able to think about that article until I’m mentally more on the ball.
Taking a much-needed break isn’t always easy, but sometimes it’s important to allow yourself to shift things to the back burner. The various goals and projects and everything else will still be there waiting once there’s a bit more fuel in the mental gas tank.