Insecure Writer’s Support Group: …….. Already?!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a monthly bloghop where writers can share their doubts, fears and insecurities with each other. It’s a nice way to vent, but also to realize you’re not alone. If you’d like to sign up, click here.

You know, you’d think that starting fresh for the New Year would leave me fresh and renewed and at least a little less insecure than usual, but alas… No.

What’s the problem? Oh, it’s an old one. I have it frequently…

Namely, the sheer staggering amount of items I have on my to-do list. Except this year is worse. Why?

Last year, I kept track of my list with a diary and pens, which meant that I had at most 20 tasks on a given day. But I switched to Trello last year, which is the same thing, except digital, which means I can set myself an unlimited amount of tasks.

And it seems like my life has taken it upon itself to meet that challenge.

On January 1st, I cleaned up all my lists, starting from scratch with only my goals as a starting point.

Then I started adding the little tasks I have to do from day to day. And added… and added.

And in two days, my list of things I need to do today shot up from 0 to 30. Count them. 30 items.

*Cue maniacal laughter*

To be fair, I can shift a lot of them out to other days, but for some reason, I’m just not getting to the ones I deem to be essential, like having to spend at least 20 minutes today on editing my book. I literally can’t figure out where I’m going to squish that in yet.

And this is supposed to be a day off.


How are you doing? Do you also feel like 2018 is starting like an avalanche?


14 thoughts on “Insecure Writer’s Support Group: …….. Already?!

  1. Soooo… today was Wednesday, huh? Looks like erica and christy forgot about the IWSG post today. Ah well. Not the best way to start the year, but it was my first time missing, so. I definitely have my days where I get a TON accomplished (writing-wise) followed by many days of… not. I need to be more like you and get my business act together. Set a schedule. Make a specific plan. Stick to it. (Christy) Happy New Year and good luck getting your list of 30 items done!!! 🙂

    1. Forgetting an IWSG Wednesday happens to the best of us.

      I do find treating the whole thing like a business does help me get more done. Unfortunately, lots of non-writing things get done first, sometimes. :-/

      I hope you have a wonderful 2018!

  2. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. Wow, 30 things to do sounds a bit overwhelming to me, but each person is different. I see my sister do so much more than me and hardly complain. She does what she can do and I do what I can do. I wish you the best of luck with your goals and lists in 2018.

  3. A lot of us take on too much in the New Year, setting impossible goals for ourselves and therefore feeling like failures when we can’t meet them. I too have a daunting schedule for the year, but it’s doable–IF I stick to it. Unfortunately, due to illness and fatigue, I’m already behind. Hoping to catch up before I fall so far behind I have to redo the entire schedule.

    Good luck with your goals. You’re not alone!

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