I am very predictable when it comes to managing my personal schedule. I always have a season of extreme busyness followed by a season of extreme laziness (or relaxation, to phrase that better).
Right now, I am in a season of extreme busyness — And it’s not due to just one area of my life. It’s several of them.
I am currently trying to juggle between doing well in three different things – Writing, running, and work.
At the beginning of the year, I started aggressively writing again. I promised myself that I would write at least once a week. Lately, it’s ramped up closer to once a day. I made it a point to devote myself to writing again after a bit of a hiatus. Now, I’m back in full-on writing mode.
At the end of April, I started a new job after having a long hiatus from being let go from a previous job. Now that I’m a few months in, I’m officially back in full-on work mode.
About a month ago, I signed up for a full-marathon which I’ll be running in mid-October. I carve out time to run 4–5 days a week, so now, I’m back in full-on marathon training mode.
All of these things are things that I am trying my best to put one hundred percent effort into while doing simultaneously — And frankly, I don’t know how good of a job I am doing at any of them.
It’s just very exhausting.
In my head, I have an internal goal for my marathon time. I also have an internal goal when it comes to writing.
However, it’s a little difficult to accomplish those goals while working my full-time job on top of that.
You see, when you take on too much and have too much on your plate, you divide your attention between all of those things.
It’s hard to fully concentrate and get good at one thing when you’re juggling your time and effort in multiple ways.
It tires you out.
It also becomes slightly more unrealistic to perform to your standards when you aren’t allowing yourself to fully concentrate on just one thing.
I’ve written about my journey and the struggles I’ve had with writing a lot lately. This is because, well, I’m really frustrated that I don’t have more time to write.
If you are a consistent reader of mine, then you may be surprised that I’m saying this because ironically, I’ve actually been writing more than ever lately.
But, that’s because I’ve been sacrificing my time in other areas of my life in order to make this happen — The same goes for my marathon training.
For example, I’ve become somewhat of a recluse in terms of my social life. Outside of seeing my co-workers at work, the only person I really spend time with is my boyfriend.
This may seem odd and unhealthy, but it’s not.
If you want to accomplish the things that you want to do in life, you have to make some sacrifices.
And this can include your friends, your weekends, your sleep.
There are only so many hours in the day, so in order to get certain things done, you have to adjust your schedule and normal routine.
I know these seasons of my life all too well — It’s the same process I go through each time, which is why I ebb and flow between extreme busyness and extreme laziness. As the saying goes,
“Work hard now, play later”
In life, you reap what you sow. If you want to make things happen, you have to make the time for it and you have to understand that it does come with some sacrifices.
But, if you’re willing to do that, then you will ultimately succeed.