It’s that time of year. The weather is warm–in fact, in here in Phoenix, it’s pretty much swimming weather. School has been going for nearly forever. Spring Break was just long enough to give the kids a taste of what the freedom of summer will bring and make it that much harder to go back and sit at a desk. Homework takes about eleven times as long as it should, and regular chores are shockingly irregular.
Meanwhile, I’m madly trying to finish editing at least one (possibly two) manuscript(s) before the Realm Maker’s conference, as well as finish preparing the workshop I’ll be teaching, all while resisting the urge to go outside with a book and get some sun.
It’s a hard time of year to get anything done. Life does that a lot. It’s so easy to get distracted from the things that need to be done. It’s hard to focus.
Some people have a hard time concentrating if there are dirty dishes in the sink or if other housework is left undone. Some people have to get their writing time in first thing in the morning if they want to fit it in. Some people get up early or stay up late. I tend to work well if I work with my ADD a little bit and don’t try to stick to any one task for too long, so I don’t get as bored or easily distracted. I find I get very productive if I have a list, and if I break things up. Do a chore, write a page, do a chore, write a page (or edit a chapter or whatever phase I’m working on). And cross off my list every time I do something. Unfortunately, I hate lists. I’m not a list person. Even though I can’t remember things unless I write them down and even though I get a little thrill out of checking things off, I don’t like lists. Figure that one out.
At any rate, there are things that need to be done, and Spring Fever must be tamped down in order to keep everything else up.
So tell me. What is your favorite part of spring? What makes it hardest for you to get things done? And what helps you? Do you use a list? Do you have to complete one job before moving on to another?