You Are Never “Done”

Right before I slide into “overwhelm” I realize how much I still have to do. It’s now just after 10 p.m and I’ve been up since 5:30 a.m., working. I’m trying to get to a point where I’m “done” and can go to bed. What a mistake. There is no

“done.” When I’ve finished paying the bills, I have to send invoices, and then I have to create the Powerpoint and do the outline and book my flight and remember what is left to do for the trip to Yuma and the one to Houston and. . . there is no end.

Which is a good thing, as steady work means money to pay the bills. But I have to decide how much to work each day. Sometimes a small machine in my head acts as if I will hit a magic end to the work, a big trumpet will sound and satisfaction will pour into my heart as money pours into my hands.

Instead, there is satisfaction in getting work done well, and a bit of panic in the work left undone, and when the whole thing balances out, it’s been a very good day.

Quinn McDonald has to buy cat food tomorrow, or the day will not end well. And she is teaching Tiny Journals at Arizona Art Supply on January 26.

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21 responses to “You Are Never “Done”

  1. Dear Quinn,
    You are so right Quinn . . .never done. I have a little different twist on my version. I get up early completing all my tasks, thoroughly but as quickly as possible; as if I can “bank” the time I have left. Maybe I am not too crazy here though; if I have extra time, then was I not able to “save” that time for an additional project? Hmmm . . .

  2. We had quite an interesting discussion today about linked actions and how sometimes you can´t have it both ways and have to choose what is left undone. It involved waffles, which were worth cutting a walk short.

  3. Sometimes “enough” has to take the place of “done.”

  4. Your comment about a trip to Houston caught my eye. Are you teaching an art class here? If so I would love to know when/where! Your classes always sound interesting … but I am a long way from the venues where you generally teach.

  5. You should talk to this guy Zeno. Paradoxically, he mentions something similar. :-)

  6. I love your blog. I love your humanity. Thanks for being so real.

  7. Your comments about working are right on… the part about being up at 5:30am and realizing that the day is going fast is something I can relate to now that my second novel is complete and I’m starting my third with my fourth, fifth and sixth novel on the drawing board. Now all I have to do is get a new agent and publisher… this should be fun. I like your blog and your works. Please check out my blog if you have a chance. Best regards, Ed

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