Day 68: Pare

But, but, but… I needed that hour!

I’m never a fan of “springing forward.” Now, “falling back”–that’s a treat. I know it’s all a bit of a mental trick, moving the clock forward or backward an hour, but today does feel like I lost an hour that I really could have used….

The problem is: I have just a few days left to complete this major writing project, and I’m feeling pressed for time. Lots of goings on at work and at home means I don’t feel I have the time I need to do everything I need to do.

Of course, that’s another bit of a mental trick, isn’t it... After all, am I really getting wound up over what I need to do, or what I’m afraid I won’t be able to do?

So when that feeling of being overwhelmed returned this morning, I realized that what I really needed to do was: pare down this project–in my mind first, and then ultimately on paper. Say what I needed to say, simply and directly. That’s all.

And I know that the writing part isn’t really the challenge–it’s keeping this project from ballooning in my mind into something much bigger than it really is. I have just enough time–to keep it simple (and just enough time to reread what I wrote on Day 44).

OK–so that’s all the time I’m going to put in on this post today. Yup, paring down this little bit of writing too….

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2 Responses to Day 68: Pare

  1. Ah, overwhelm. Yes I understand. I, too, have a writing project that I have made into such a monster it has paralyzed me. Thanks for this reminder to pare down.

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