Truth be told, I’m feeling a few of the symptoms myself. Lately it’s felt more and more like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish half of what I want to do! Coordinating phone interviews around other people's crazy schedules has wreaked havoc on my personal time (one person had to reschedule 3 times, which mean I had to change my schedule 3 times – oy!). So, here are a few of the tactics I’m going to use to help me get back on track:
Say "NO" more often. I’m already booked with multiple projects, and I’ve already said no to one low-paying assignment. I really wanted to work on this project because the topic is near and dear to my heart, but it just wasn’t worth driving myself crazy for a small chunk of change. Lately I’ve been asking people for more time before my deadline (upfront, not springing it on them the night before) and they’ve been happy to oblige.
Turn off the computer at a reasonable hour. As long as my iMac is on, my brain is still running a mile a minute with story ideas, emails to write, and topics to Google. Shutting off my computer helps me wind down for the night, but when I’m on a roll, it’s really tempting to just keep going. Part of me regrets it the next day, and another part is pleased with the quality of work.
Take breaks. Have you ever heard of something called an “artist date”? The idea is to take time for those activities that keep you sane and help you get in touch with your inspiration. For me, this means rocking out on the treadmill and leisurely browsing book stores. Many people I know give themselves at least one computer-free day per week, but since I have to fit my video editing around my full time job, that’s not really an option for me - at least not right now.
Remember, this life you've been given has a balance and when you are weighing down to one side, you need to look at what you can do to tip back even.