My husband thinks I'm a liar. I talked to him at lunch and mentioned how I cleaned the living room and the kitchen was sparkling. (I am a bad enough housekeeper that these feats require bragging). That was at noon. Now it is five. And the living room is piled high with toys.
A pile of princesses is weeping in a destroyed palace of blocks. The dinosaur pile is attacking the Little People pile. The kingdoms are divided by the deadly Swamp of Puzzle.
Every puzzle box has been emptied into the Swamp. Dora's head floats by an alligator and hippo. Princess Ariel's tail narrowly avoids a crash with a loose M and a wood 3. Train pieces and truck pieces add noise to the chaos.
I love puzzles, but this is going to take some serious puzzle making to sort all the pieces to the correct box and verify no pieces no left behind.
The task is overwhelming and reminds me of the puzzles I am trying to solve as a writer.
There's the social media puzzle, the blogging puzzle, the publishing puzzle, and (oh yeah) the writing puzzle. There's a marketing puzzle too, but I didn't buy that one yet. Each puzzle is a good 500 piece puzzle. And when I step back I see all the 2000 pieces jumbled together on the floor.
Do you finish the writing puzzle first and then start the publishing puzzle?
Do you complete the border of the blogging puzzle while putting together the twitter area of the social media puzzle?
Can you do just one puzzle, or must you do all of them?
Trixie in Mo Willem's Knuffle Bunny expresses it best when she yells "Aggle Flaggle Kablable!"
When it comes to overwhelming tasks, I guess you do it just like I am tackling the real puzzle pile. One piece at a time. You try a piece here; if it doesn't fit, you try again. You say a little "yay" when you get a match. And you keep going.
What puzzle piece are you working on now? Let me know in the comments.