When people tell you your plate is too full

Posted: November 23, 2012 in General
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I’ve been told a lot, especially recently, to be careful about putting too much on my plate. And I’m not talking about Thanksgiving.

I have a habit, see. It can be a bad habit if I let it get out of control. I like to stay busy. Really busy. The kind of busy that makes me forget to eat breakfast in the morning and wonder what it’s like to have a social life.

I like that kind of busy. I like doing things that I enjoy. When it comes to those things – writing, Hypable, editing, blogging, etc. – I have trouble saying no. But you know what?

I don’t care.

I’m not going to say no. Sure, I might be a little too busy. I might be a little stressed. I might have too much on my plate. But those are all good things in my eyes.

It’s hard for me to explain, so I’m going to let someone else do it for me. Basically, this guy takes the words right out of my mouth and makes them funnier than I ever could. (He sort of throws some other stuff in there that won’t make sense if you don’t keep up with his YouTube channel, but he comes back around to the point again throughout the video.)

I have found something I want to spend all of my time doing. I literally work all day – from the time I get up to the time I go back to bed – seven days a week. Whether it be for my paying job, my editing, my column writing, my own writing, working on other people’s stories as a favor, etc. I’m always doing something and I rarely (never?) spend a whole evening just doing nothing.

I’m not saying that to complain. And I’m not saying that to brag. I’m saying it because it’s fact, and because I know a lot of you do the same thing.

We’re writers and we’re totally content to just write every day, all day. Sure, we need breaks and relaxation and vacations, but so many of us have found the one thing we actually want to work on day in and day out. And that is a beautiful, beautiful thing. We should never apologize for that.

I’m certainly not going to.

Write your hearts out, guys. ❤

  1. It’s good to be busy – especially writing!

  2. This is a great post 🙂

  3. I have a tendency to do that too. I need to learn to pace myself better.

    • Karen Rought says:

      I think it’s a bad habit amongst writers in general. We all have so much going on inside our heads that I think we overreach sometimes. I definitely need to learn to pace myself too.

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