It’s been a while since I’ve been really, truly inspired to blog. And that’s okay. Actually, that’s what this post is about.
Wait, what? Even you, who has a gazillion Twitter followers, churns out a dozen books a year, blogs with mechanic regularity, and STILL manages to check out cute cat photos online? Whew!
This goes back to a post I wrote last year, about how we compare our behind-the-scenes to other people’s highlight reels. When I sit at my computer, and browse through my social media feeds; when I read the blogs of friends and writers; when I watch interviews of indie writers at various stages of success; when I read about the steady progress and iron determination of some writers, I do often find myself rather unproductive in comparison.
I think what this discussion pointed out to all of us, is that we’re not actually comparing to each other, we’re comparing to the uber-photo-shopped version of each other. None of us are robots, and for most of us, productivity and energy comes in waves. I haven’t done much fiction writing of late, but I have done lots of guitar practice, lots of journalling, and more exercise.
The way I see it, it all balances out in the end. A balanced lifestyle doesn’t mean I need to do everything with perfect routine and clockwork, it means listening to what my energy is naturally attuning to. I try to make sure I make a minimum effort in everything, and not ignore it altogether (like when I’m not in the mood for blogging, I’ll at least do my Week that Was blog post, and when I’m not in the mood for social media, I’ll at least comment on other people’s stuff).
Now that I understand I’m allowed to let waves of productivity, it’s time to put it into practice. I’m learning to not see myself as a failure if I’m not doing ALL the things, ALL the time, and I feel like I’m making good progress.
How do you deal with all your responsibilities, and how do you stay feeling good?