• Tammy Layman-Hall

Mental Capacity Management

Level set your writing expectations

So, I dream big, ambitious dreams. There is so much I want to do! There are so many books that I want to write. So many stories to tell. Still, the work is daunting. The number of websites, forums and conferences take time to read. Overwhelmed, I can't do everything. But, oh, how I want to!

One of the things that decluttering has taught me is that there are physical capacity limits. The box holds twelve journals. The drawer contains 15 files. The benefits of staying within the physical capacity limits are mind-blowing. Tax documents are in this folder, ready to go to the accountant. A month-long task of sorting and hunting is now a few days. So much more can get be done when we respect the physical capacity issues workspaces give us.

It turns out there are mental capacity has limits, too. Mental capacity means being willing to work on the projects in the pipeline rather than chase new ideas. For a so many idea person like me, guardrails and bumpers are needed to keep the ball in the lane. Tools get dug out of old seminar binders. Homes get designated. Files get labeled. Vision boards are created. Now I know that I have to respect my mental capacity to succeed as a writer.

Yes, mental capacity gets quickly eaten up by many different tasks, events, and people. Also, chasing down the various thoughts as they float through my head does not always result in me getting a steady paycheck. Stories, articles, and concepts need to be in front of an editor or agent to sell. The idea is to sell the projects, not continue working on them.

So, tools, tips, and tricks are the key to my newfound progress. Besides that, networking with other authors and illustrators to share how they increase their productivity inspires and helps me move forward.

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