Monday, December 01, 2008

Plate Spinning 101

During my days in my office, I juggle many different tasks such as answering email, writing projects, getting out proposals for my agency, face to face meetings, teaching at conferences, online marketing and many other tasks. Often it feels like I'm one of the performers who are spinning a series of plates. As a kid, I watched the plate spinners on television and it was remarkable to see if they could keep the plates spinning without breaking anything. Occasionally a plate fell and broke.

Some times in my plate spinning something important gets missed, and then the plate falls and crashes. For example, several times a client has decided that I'm not doing enough for them and cancel our working relationship and troop off looking for a better deal. While I don't like it, I fully recognize that it's their choice. When it comes to book projects, I encourage and advocate for those who I can and let the rest go. From my years in the publishing business, I understand there are no quick fixes or solutions. The wheels inside these publishing houses often turn very slowly (at least to the outside observer).

Successful plate spinning is a developed skill. Just watch this YouTube video to see how a novice is at spinning plates:

Am I successful all the time at skilled plate spinning? No and in fact some days I wonder if I'm spinning any plates at all yet I continue to cross things off my to-do list. Are you crossing things off of your list? I hope so.

Today I picked up a 72 page free Ebook to help you with blogging called The Roadmap To Become A Blogger, Five Major Milestones You Must Cross to Become A Successful Blogger. I've not read it yet but it looks interesting. I hope it will be useful to you and your writing life.
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2 Comment:

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Rhonda Clark Left a note...

I know how you feel. Sometimes I'm amazed at how I keep my own plates spinning. It's nothing less than a miracle.

At 5:35 AM, Blogger Krista Phillips Left a note...

Oh my, now this I can relate to completely!!! As a mother of three, a full time payroll manager (at year end do doubt!), a fledgling novelist, and tons of other things (or plates) I could mention, some days it's just overwhelming.

My problem? Everything is important! I want to spin ALL my plates, and I have a list of things I want to get done, habits I want to get into, goals I want to accomplish.

BUT, God has been on my case lately about it. I need to realize that I *gasp* can't do everything! I know, I know, it's an amazing concept, but I just can't!

So, I'm prayerfully prioritizing my day. Some days are better than others. But I'm finding that I'd rather do LESS things WELL, then do TONS of things half-baked.


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