Getting back on track

19 Sep

I’m feeling extremely guilty for not having blogged in three weeks. When I initially started this blog, it was my goal to write a post a day and that has definitely not happened. Life happens, and unfortunately for me, sometimes gets in the way of my goals and ambitions.

After I started the blog, I had a long weekend with my high school girlfriends, a trip with my kids to visit my parents while the hubby was on a business trip, then came home and got packed up for my trip to California with my husband for a cousin’s wedding. Then our little man turned 3 and we threw him a birthday party with friends and family. So yeah, we had a lot of stuff going on that made it difficult to keep up with my lofty goal for this blog. But hey, I’m back at it now, so I have to at least give myself credit for getting back on track.

I’ve noticed recently that I am the type of person who gets started on an involved, long-term project, gets really excited about it and dives in with exuberance, only to find that my dedication dies down slowly over time until I’m no longer working on the project at all and have instead moved on to the next big idea. Kind of frustrating to say the least. I feel like I have lots of big ideas in my head which I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of their potential. Part of the problem stems from my bipolar disorder, and the fact that when I become hypomanic I tend to feel like I can conquer the world so that is usually when I start something new and as the hypomania dies down, my interest in the project tends to decline as my mood winds down. But another big piece of it is the kids and the time and energy that they both require on a daily basis.

Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love spending time with them and doing things like reading to them or taking them on walks to the playground. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t sometimes wish for just four straight hours to dedicate to a project or a hobby like writing or sewing. Luckily for me, my wonderful husband sometimes will take the kids on a Saturday morning to give me some “Mommy free time” which is awesome. We’ll tend to do that for each other – since it’s football season he enjoys having time on Sundays to watch the games, so when he takes the kiddos on Saturday, I’ll get them out of his hair on Sundays. It’s our way of pampering each other I guess.

I definitely want to get back on track – with my writing and with my exercise regimen too. My 5k is coming up in less than two weeks (13 days to be exact!) so I’m aiming to get as many workouts under my belt as I can before the race. And if I’m not able to keep up with a post a day, I’ll at least try for 3-4 a week. So my attempt to solve my “dwindling dedication to long-term project” syndrome is to modify my goals. Good place to start I guess.

Do you ever feel like your bipolar disorder causes you to lose focus? If so, how to you cope?

Advertisements

2 Responses to “Getting back on track”

  1. LunaSunshine September 20, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    “I’ve noticed recently that I am the type of person who gets started on an involved, long-term project, gets really excited about it and dives in with exuberance, only to find that my dedication dies down slowly over time until I’m no longer working on the project at all and have instead moved on to the next big idea.”

    Yes, hypomania does the same thing to me. All of a sudden, I’m spitting out all of these brilliant ideas left and right. Then, some of those take shape into a project. I find myself enamored with this project and work tirelessly on it. Finally, I crash into a depressive episode and realized that I have bitten off way more than I can chew. You’re right. There is only so much you can do when so much of your time and energy has to be focused into being a parent, a wife, a friend, an employee – what have you. Sometimes, things just have to fall by the wayside.

    I cope by prioritizing. I’m not always great at doing it, but I try my best. First, family and work. Next, my personal writing and keeping on top of As the Pendulum Swings and A Canvas of the Minds. Next, are my intellectual pursuits. These are things like doing research, reading, etc. It’s all kind of vague, but it somehow works out. Mostly.

    PS: I’m glad to see you back!

  2. purplepersuasion September 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Oh, I relate to so much of that…. I take on big things (or lots of little things) then either get bored or get overwhelmed and drop them. When I was younger I switched jobs often and abandoned projects. Also I beat myself up about not living up to the impossible standards I set myself (that I have no doubt no-one else cares about!). Blogging every day is a MASSIVE commitment that I know I couldn’t live up to. Going easy on myself is one of the things I find hardest to do, though.

I'd love to hear your take. Comments make me happy!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: