Whilst organising who I want to summit my manuscript to and sorting out the submissions they require, I am struggling to think about great blogs and I’m being hard on myself about that. This got me thinking about how much we’re expected to multi-task in life and how much we criticise ourselves when we can’t handle it all.
At the moment I’m juggling a full time job with trying to get my book published and running this blog. This means my social life is suffering. Other people though add in running a house and family into the picture too. Modern life is full expectations and pressure and I wonder if it’s driving us all crazy. It must certainly dilute how good we are at everything. The more balls we juggle, the more likely it is that some areas will suffer as a result or that our mental health and happiness will. Or both, of course.
I do think the pressure to multi-task falls more heavily on women. Men tend to argue they’re not good at it. Women generally have to combine work life with family life, taking on more responsibility for the house and children but still often working as well. Plus I think we tend to be harder on ourselves to be perfectionists, to do it all and get it right. We are really tough on ourselves when we feel we are falling short. We wonder if everyone is thinking that we’re not good enough.
I think it’s a shame that so much falls on our shoulders. We need to take some time out and relax a little. I need to stop being so hard on myself and look at all that I have accomplished. I need to focus on a coupe of things and do them really well and trust that everything else will fall into place soon. I basically need to chill out a bit and give myself a pat on the back and not a stern talking to 🙂 And I’m guessing a few of you out there need to do the same.
Do you stress about multi-tasking? Do you force yourself to juggle too much?