|This dignified feline has the right idea.|
Last night, I tried working late into the night in an attempt to get work done faster, so I could dedicate my energy to fiction submissions, polishing stories, NaNoWriMo prep, housework and crafts for the latter half of the week.
I ended up giving up, because I was having such a hard time doing simple things like take notes or read instruction from the editor. When I opened everything up again this morning, after a few hours of sleep and some coffee, the material was completely different than I remember it being last night.
The editor’s instructions actually made sense, the stuff I was researching flowed and now, I can use my speech to text feature for notes, because I don’t need to worry about disturbing anyone’s sleep.
I’m still tired enough to swap the word “fatal” with “fetal”, which is all manner of wrong, but at least I’m functional.
That experience just goes to show how easy it is to fall into the trap of “Oh, I’ll push myself like everyone else seems to” and rediscover that’s just not a good idea.
Self care is essential, especially when you have specific limitations in how much you can do. The work will still be there in the morning.