To say I was busy yesterday would be borderline lying.
I had three freelance stories to finish, an interview to conduct, two more to schedule, two dogs to walk, three e-mail accounts to check, stories to pitch and a wedding to plan.
And last night, I served as a panelist for an event put on by Social Wahines and Pacific Business News, where we — Kitty Lagareta, CEO of Communications Pacific, and Frances Nuar, co-founder of socialKINE — discussed strategies for getting media attention.
I was scrambling to get there by 6 p.m., trying to wrap up a few projects, answer the last few e-mails and get a quick walk in with my dogs. And in between all that, I’m tweeting, Facebook-ing and posting pics to Instagram.
This has become my life.
RUSHRUSHRUSH only to get somewhere — like a meeting or workshop — and think about all the other things I have to do.
It’s what happens when you work strange hours, around the clock, in different time zones. I never know what time it is, what day of the week it is, what I’m supposed to do next week. All that matters is right now — and maybe 10 minutes from now — because that’s really all I can handle.
So it was interesting to get the question, “How do you find balance in your life?” at yesterday’s workshop. Kitty reads (a lot) and workouts at least four times a week, all before she starts her workday at 8 a.m. Frances surfs and runs and schedules time for herself.
What do I do?
I watch “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and hit taiko drums.
Something happened to me in the last few years. There was a time when I would watch movies — in a theater! — and meet friends every weekend. I’d religiously watch “The Colbert Report” and cook dinner almost every night.
Now I’m tweeting during commercial breaks, checking my e-mail at red lights, and updating my Instagram on walks with my dogs.
All this updating and constant connectivity is really draining. I feel like I’m losing myself in a world of status updates and Facebook likes.
I need to find more balance.
Sure, I surf and run and hike and read. But maybe I need to actually schedule time for myself. Get a massage, read a book under a tree, spend an entire day disconnected.
What do you do to unwind? And are you feeling as overwhelmed as me? (Or is it just me…?)