I’ve read that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. If that’s true, what does that say about me?

I’m not talking about being wishy-washy on my principles or values. Or about changing my mind about pursuing my dreams or saving for the future. I’m just guilty of trying to tackle too many writing projects all at once. And confusing myself in the process.
Let me explain.
Over Labor Day weekend, I typed the two cherished words every writer strains to meet. “The End.” After eight months of mostly diligent time clicking away on my Alphasmart, I reached the conclusion of the work-in-progress I started in January (titled Dance Over Me) and breathed a huge sigh of relief. Mission accomplished. Book written. Time to celebrate.
In the weeks since, I’ve been struggling to keep my focus. Why? Because I’m trying to polish the last chapters of the new book and send them out to my two critique groups AND do revisions on last year’s novel (titled Serving Up Love – the ACFW Genesis runner-up book) at the same time.
Again, why? Because I’d like to have both novels revised and polished before the end of the year so I can seriously start looking for an agent in January.
Being the overly-organized yet realistic person that I am, I divided the two jobs into small pieces with weekly deadlines to keep me on track. That means two chapters of DOM to the critique groups and five chapters (one a day) of SUL revised each week. This way, when I’m done revising SUL, all the comments and suggestions on DOM will be back and I can start in on that book.
One semi-major problem. I’m losing my mind. Confusing my characters with each other. Filing ideas in the wrong folder. Misplacing the fleeting wisps of inspiration. Wasting valuable time trying to mentally switch between the two stories. And feeling guilty about the overall lack of progress on my goal-tracking sheet.
So, I ask you. Which would be better? Make daily small progress on several simultaneous projects? Or knock one project out of the way, creating a larger block of time for the next one?
To Multi-task Or Not to Multi-task
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2 thoughts on “To Multi-task Or Not to Multi-task

  • September 20, 2010 at 8:57 am

    >Somehow we have become a multitasking society and it's getting to the point of being counterproductive.

    How do we stop doing it? Computers and cordless phones, and many more gadgets have made of think we're capable of doing so many things simultaneously.

    But, if you can do it, go for it. When you see "burn out" coming, watch out.

    Good post – makes me think about my own projects and how important they are to me; what will happen if I achieve certain goals and what will happen if I don't. How do I want to live the rest of my life? Yeah, that's going too deep – I know. 🙂

    Blessings and best wishes on your books!

  • September 21, 2010 at 4:42 am

    >I try to multi-task as well and it is hard juggling many projects at one. So perhaps what we need to ask ourselves is what do we really hope to achieve?
    Quanity or Quality?

    It's difficult to have both. If not impossible.

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