I treat myself to a fresh poppy seed bagel with cream cheese and boysenberry jam spread so thick, I can no longer see the bagel. Two eggs are boiling in the saucepan while my Sumatra coffee has finished perking. I find the only tray I own, wipe off the dust, and carry my breakfast outside, pretending to be on vacation.
This morning is going to be me-time: enjoying my garden, the hummingbirds, the owl that hoots from time to time, and the early morning sunshine.
As I bite into my bagel, jam oozes out onto my fingers landing in a blob on my Oprah magazine. I wipe it off and swallow a sip of smooth strong coffee.
Looking at the powder blue sky, I force myself to relax, trying so hard to recapture the serenity I felt in Belize. I can’t. Why?
I’m focusing on my “to-do” list.
Did I remember to sign up for my read and critique session with an agent at the writers’ conference? I jump up, take another bite of bagel and head to my computer. Searching for the website, I get distracted. Feelings of guilt take over as I remember dad had surgery and forgot to e-mail him. How can I be checking out my blog before e-mailing dad? There must be something seriously wrong with me.
I check personal e-mails, then realize, I forgot to show my gratitude to Lady Glamis for the Humane Award she gave me.” I must remember to add it to my blog. I return to my other Google personal account and add a note in my post as a reminder. I notice a new e-mail from my critique group and read it, then decide it’s not urgent, so I click on the yellow star next to it, hoping to respond to it later. The problem is I have too many yellow stars. Which one do I give priority to?
Meanwhile, I find an interesting Twitter comment on how to get your blog or website on the Google index. Better read that one before I loose it in the mass of Twitter comments. Oh, I need to Facebook that one to my writer friends, perhaps they haven’t heard of this.
The sad part is I don’t have to report to work, I can make my own time, yet I feel stressed, especially when I flitter around like the hummingbirds in my garden–the ones that I’ve already forgotten about, and now remember my breakfast is waiting for me outside.
How do you stay organized?
Do you plan your time in segments? Do you allocate so many minutes, hours/day for your blog, Twitter and Facebook?
How do you organize your comments on other blogs? Do you use Google Reader, Bloglines, BackType? or do you flitter from blog to blog, like the hummingbirds I forgot to spend time with in my garden?