Being busy is not a novel concept for most multipotentialites. I often have to say no to projects, or make plans to hang out with someone weeks out. Sometimes I take 10+ days to email people back (but I always respond).
Busyness is just part of the game, and usually my productivity strategies help me manage it pretty effectively. But with our recent growth here on Puttylike, events like WDS, polishing up my book to pitch to literary agents, launching the PuttyRetreat, and volunteering at Rock and Roll Camp for Girls (which I’m LOVING), I’ve been working harder than ever and simultaneously feeling more behind than ever. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.
I’m sure you can relate. We all go through periods of time where we feel like we have no choice but to let small things slide in order to focus on the bigger things.
Sometimes we have trouble recognizing which of our things are small and which are big. We worry about disappointing people — our community, our team at work, our friends. When the opportunity to take a night off presents itself, we feel guilty and consider spending that time responding to emails.
It’s hard, being so busy. But it’s great, too.
I don’t recommend being this busy all the time. But occasionally there will be a stretch of a few weeks, where you just need to go for it. Where you need to risk letting things slide and letting people be a little disappointed in you so you can take care of new and meaningful projects.
Eat well, sleep as much as you can, and don’t let your worries distract you from this important time.
Have you gone through periods of intense busyness, that were also very inspiring? What strategies did you use to manage your relationships and stay afloat?
Emilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites integrate ALL of their interests into their lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. She is an occasional rock star, a paleo-friendly eater and a wannabe
scientist carpenter. Learn more about Emilie here.