I admit that I've been a little twitchy lately. November seems to be a month full of "hurry up and wait" with a liberal dash of "let's reschedule". Mostly what this means is that I have a lot of loose ends dangling. Weaving them back into the fabric of my day means that I need to know what my job is in each situation. This is not always as easy as it sounds. Some things require immediate action and others require time. Knowing the difference is important but not always easy. When is nudging required and when is it nagging? If you don't get it right, you risk missed opportunities and hurt feelings. The oncoming holiday season does not help this situation at all. Everyone, including me, is distracted. Sometimes I think that we should all just hibernate from new endeavors beginning in late October until mid-January. Unfortunately, we can't, so it's time to figure out what I need to have patience with and what I need to stop procrastinating. Here's my plan:
Have Patience if...
... I was the last individual to make contact and it has been less than two weeks but does not require an answer before Nov. 15th.
... I need to have confidence that others will do their part without a nudge. Micromanaging is bad.
... the activity/event/subject does not actually need to be addressed before January 15th.
Stop Procrastinating if...
... I have something that requires action before Nov. 15th.
... I am the only one who can influence the situation at this point in time.
... It is important to have plans in place before January 15th.
That sounds simple enough, doesn't it? Unfortunately, few things are as simple as they look. Wish me luck! While you are at it, please share your ideas/advice for knowing when to push forward and when to wait.
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!