Who knows where the time goes …

I am stretched too thin. I’m always busy, that’s not new. I’ve been busier during lockdown, which surprised me but which also makes some sense. I am busy right now because I have a huge and hugely important project at work and I’ve jumped into this annual challenge to post daily. I’m too busy because I add things in without letting other things go. It’s untenable. I can’t keep adding things to my plate … and yet I keep adding things to my plate. I can’t give up sleep so that I can get things done … and yet I am getting less and less sleep so that I can try to get more things done.


Of course, even that description of how I’m so busy isn’t quite accurate. I do let things fall off my plate. I wrote about how seven folks from my job emailed me after my post the other night. I haven’t given myself the brain space to respond to any of them. They’ll get moved to tomorrow’s to-do list … but I just looked at tomorrow’s to-do list, and I don’t know how I’ll get to those emails tomorrow, either.

Yes, this is a super whiny post. We’ll hope tomorrow will be better.

So, plate too full. And it’s going to stay full for at least another 6 weeks. And then it will ease up a little, at least a little. But until then, I need to keep all these plates spinning — get my work done, get my writing done, find time to read excellent posts from other slicers, find time to sleep, find time, find time, find time.

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20 thoughts on “Who knows where the time goes …

  1. Terje

    Your state of busyness comes out clearly in your writing. I feel for you. This is a recurring question in many people’s lives: How to balance it all and stay sane and happy? I hope you will take some time to breathe and fill your cup.


    1. I am trying, Terje. March was all about finishing my giant work project. Now that it’s done, I’m aiming for something that feels like normal levels of busyness!


  2. I love that visual of you keeping writing, work, sleep spinning on plates (I’m an odd one, no worries). However, that is SO TRUE! Life adds layers and we deem it necessary to keep all of them going.

    It would be nice to take a layer off, every once and awhile, don’t you think? πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the slice!


    1. I used to be a so-so juggler, never a plate spinner … but all the to-do items feel more like spinning plates, somehow, than like balls in the air (I’m an odd one, too!). πŸ™‚


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