Friday, June 5, 2015
Drive / Time
I was having a fangirl moment the other day. During an email exchange with one of my writing heroes, I actually asked her how she gets it all done. She's a mom, writing books, taking photos, doing crafty things, juggling mail from people like me, and she still has time to read. Her answer - she doesn't watch TV and she only sleeps 4 hours a night. (The first she totally recommended and the latter she didn't.)
I thought about what she said a lot of last night.
I would love to have the level of success she's had. But I just don't have the drive behind the want to actually make it happen. Oh, it's not like I can't stop watching TV. Half the time I'm watching something I've already seen, and probably 90% of the time, I'm reading or working with the idiot box yapping in the background. How much I actually watch it? :shrug: I know I can't sleep less. I lose an hour of sleep and I'm a freakin' zombie.
Regardless, it's an issue of drive not of time. I love my work. But I also love the time I spend not working. When I'm under a deadline, I can let everything else fall away. Otherwise, I meander. I spend a few hours here in the mornings - networking, marketing, chilling out - then I spend time watching TV and reading and editing. In the evenings, more marketing, networking and then, of course, writing.
I have upped my game. I needed to in order to achieve what I want to achieve. Will I ever be as focused as some writers? Nope. And I'm okay with that. A little jealous, true, but okay with it overall.
How driven are you?