Today I realized that my life is parallelling my blogging.
All this week, I've had all this "professional energy", meaning that I'm totally motivated to get school stuff and (especially) research stuff done. But at the same time, I'm feeling really scattered. There are so many things I *could* do, and none of them are immediately due (beyond the normal day-to-day teaching stuff, etc). So I'm having a really hard time just picking one thing and focusing on it. I'll start one thing, then flit to the next, then get bored with that and start something else. It's a weird sort of procrastination: I'm working, but I don't work enough to make substantial progress on any one thing.
(This afternoon was a bit better: I picked a task and stuck with it for a couple of hours. And I even wrote up a to-do list for tomorrow so that I can hit the ground running. Go me!)
Blogging has been the same way for me lately. I have a bunch of ideas for posts: teaching stuff, random happenings, more reflections on anonymity, recommendation letters. I also have all these grand plans for the blog, such as updating my way-out-of-date blogroll. But I'll start one post or task and get bored with it and not finish it. I have all this "blogging energy", but I can't channel it. There's nothing remarkable going on now, just the normal angst, and there's nothing really pressing to write about, just background stuff. So again, I'm finding it hard to just pick a topic and go with it.
The scatteredness, professionally, tends to eventually work itself out. Something comes to the front as being more important than the other tasks, and I'm back in my comfort zone. Most likely, the blogging scatteredness will work itself out too in time.
How do you get yourself out of a rut like this? What are your strategies?