The hardest thing for me to do this month was to throw my hands in the air and give up. Between the (it’s not COVID) respiratory infection and the world being on fire, I have not had the energy to get as much done as I’ve wanted to. The notion of intentionally falling behind to get ahead is rational, but still alien to me. The best thing for long-term productivity and results was for me to just stop, rest, and regroup.
A hard truth to face is that I’m still carrying around the 40-hour work week mentality that was drilled into me for decades. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. There’s something to be said for having a strong work ethic, but not if it isn’t rationale. I’m tired of operating in hack/grind mode. It’s tiring to crank out someone, launch it into the world, and immediately get to work on the next thing.
I have a substantial back catalogue and a long tail that generates royalties even when I’m not releasing new material. What’s going to grow my business going forward are incremental changes. Another pass at editing a manuscript. An additional day spend on marketing a new release, or brainstorming way to push older titles. A couple of extra hours of sleep now and again.
My brain tells me that I should be running as fast as I can for the rest of the year, if I’m going to survive 2020. But other parts of me, my heart and my spirit, are urging me to trust the more time spent planning, working smarter rather than harder, will pay off better in the long run.
Falling Behind to Get Ahead
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