Finding Your Own Way: Writing, Self-Promotion, and Balance

 

Balance can be an elusive bitch. I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been trying to track that sucker down. Lately though, I’ve been realizing that I’ve always thought of it as a state where you try to pursue all your interests equally, which might explain a few things.

 

The problem is, some of those interests are always going to weigh more than others. Things like family and your health don’t have the same importance as catching up on your email, but we often treat them as if they do. (Which is pretty messed up when you think about it.)

 

Obviously, we all weigh the different aspects of our life differently, so it’s not as if there is any kind of one-size-fits-all solution that can tell us what percentage of our time to devote to each pursuit. I’ve agonized for a while now over how much time I should spend on self-promotion/networking versus writing. I know I’m not alone. After some intense soul searching, here were the answers I came up with: Continue reading