One of my favorite things about blogging has been coming to learn that for as often as I feel alone, I’m actually not alone in a lot of the problems I feel as a writer. This week was no exception when I came across this blogpost from author and blogger Nathan Bransford, re: When it Feels Like You’re Never Doing Enough.
I cannot possibly enumerate all the times I have had this feeling. As both an author and graphic designer I find this feeling to be so commonplace that I rarely even question it anymore. It just seems easier to assume that whatever it is, I didn’t do enough or I’m not doing enough, because as he points out, there’s always going to be someone who seems to be doing more. I wonder though, do you think they ever have times where they feel as though they aren’t doing enough? And for that matter, when is it ever enough? At what point can one safely say, you know what actually I have done quite a bit and maybe I don’t need to feel guilty for not doing five hundred things at once? Because the reality is, something has to give.
If it isn’t writing, it’s blogging, or podcasts, or schoolwork. But something will give… the key is, as Nathan points out. Balance.
Easier said than done.
In the meantime, as I suspect I will never really shake the feeling that I don’t get enough done in a day, I guess it’s better than knowing that doing too much will likely make everything suffer.