Burnout

“Always sprinkle the goodies along the way. Be as tough as you want, but always sprinkle the goodies here and there. Because anything they can laugh at, they can’t hate.”
–Jimmy Cagney

Some days you really need to hear something like that. And boy is this one of those days.

See, I have this terrible tendency to load up too much stuff on my plate. I can’t say no.

Well, that’s not true. I can and often do say no. But not often enough apparently, because strangely enough there are still only 24 hours in a day. Go figure. I’m getting better at learning how to delegate things to others. When it’s something really important to me, like Pick Up Ax, it’s still hard though.

I think it’s turning me into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Boy. In the past week, I’ve auditioned for eleven graduate schools programs all around the country, and now Tosca is getting ready to open. Plus I’m busy with Ax as both actor and producer, and then there’s the computer biz. After every project, I keep telling myself I’m going to take a week off and do absolutely nothing–after all, the down time is important too, right?–but I never do it.

The thing that really does it to me is the freebie (or close to it) web and graphics design work that I do for non-profit performing arts groups. I don’t keep track of the time since time is not tax-deductible, but it’s quite a bunch of hours I’ve racked up there, and they usually get racked up from midnight to 4 am. Not a prescription for good health (unless your Frank Sinatra, of course).

All I know is, something has got to go. The only question is what.

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