For those who don’t watch NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”, here are two clips explaining what the heck the title of this post is referring to.
Not having a steady paycheck is of course one of the major downsides of starting your own company and/or being a writer. Your landlord doesn’t care if your latest script is hilarious. If it doesn’t sell, you can’t pay your rent.
Another downside is the lack of structure. I work from home. My laptop is always around. I don’t take the weekends off. I feel guilty if I’m not working on novel number two, tweaking the AGD business plan, finishing a rewrite on a spec, working on my TV idea pitches, etc.
The thing is, I’m producing diminishing returns. I’m fried.
I finally hit the wall last week. While I do have a slew of pitches coming up, (which I have no control over), I have to get some kind of schedule in place.
I also need to treat myself once in a while. I have been so severe with my budget, it’s insane. I can account for every single euro I spend.
I have no desire to have credit card debt or to be irresponsible. But I cannot continue to live the way I’m living. Something has to change.
So, I’m going to loosen the reins a little.
Treat. Yo. Self. 2012 has begun.