You know that feeling, when your workload starts to look like it's developed a life of its own, and is preparing to consume you, as it cackles, "Stupid human!"? That's my life today. =) I've been trying out the Time and Chaos software that Kristin Nelson recommended, and I've got to say that I really like it. Except for the part where I look at my list of tasks and my eyes go wide and I'm just like, "Eep."
People often ask what my day is really like; in all honesty, it varies depending on what I've got to do, and where I've got to be. Yesterday, for example, I had a very nice editor lunch in the city, which sucked up most of my work day in travel time. Today, for example, I've done the following so far:
Woken up and felt like I had been run over by a truck.
Was forced to get out of bed anyway, by the concerted efforts of kitten and fiancee.
Gone to two different doctor's appointments and read manuscripts in each one's office. (Travel time, back and forth, is a bitch.)
Came back home and fiddled around with e-mail stuff.
Sent flowers to a client in the hospital, after tracking down which hospital said client was in.
Wrestled with the printer to make it print my receipt from the flowers, and eventually gave in and restarted the computer.
Wrote this blog post.
(Now, I'm going to eat lunch after this post, as I read a manuscript!)
After lunch, I'm going to do the following:
Call two different clients, which I anticipate will take a bit of time with each.
Go through more e-mail.
Start organizing billing details.
Read more manuscripts.
Call a prospective client to offer representation, when done reading the manuscript related to said prospective client.
Attack more e-mail.
Attack the giant mail pile, which has built up over the holidays.
I anticipate that I'll be working until about 7 or 8 pm, EST, which is usually when Chris gets home around, and we stare at the fridge and contemplate dinner. And yet, despite the rest of the things I want to get done today, I still feel like I'm treading water to keep up. I am teh busy. =)