How to Balance Productivity with Self Care

The cascading clusterlove of disquieting apprehension proceeds unabated. It’s exhausting to feel shaky and panicked for most of your waking hours. Especially so when you have a lot on your plate and tight deadlines. By turns I’m overanalyzing things, forgetting what I’m supposed to be doing, and trying to accomplish several things at the same time. My…

The State of Things: January 2017 in Review

January was a mixed bag. On paper everything looks good. The rent got paid, I kept food on the table, and most of the things I wanted to accomplish got done. It took a lot more effort than it should have, due to the intrinsic complications of having an anxiety disorder coupled with the extrinsic…

Anxiety is the Handmaiden of Creativity

The title of this post is a quote from T.S. Elliot. Today I’m trying to take it to heart, because my anxiety level is cranked up to 11. I’m struggling to leverage it into energy and motivation, rather than letting it completely murder my productivity. Reframing my thinking to embrace anxiety as the handmaiden of…

My Love/Hate Relationship with Entrepreneurship

I call myself a writer, or a publisher, because in some circles that’s more respectable than naming what I really am. As much as many people don’t understand what a writer actually does, they really have some warped ideas about entrepreneurs. While it’s the most accurate description of my profession, my love/hate relationship with entrepreneurship stems…

Using a Word Count Spreadsheet

To help hold myself accountable for daily word count, I have created a simple spreadsheet. At the end of each day I enter how many words I’ve written for that day. It will then automatically calculate how many words I’ve written year-to-date, as well as my average word count per day. At some point, I…