I get it, Cheryl.
For me, it’s feeling that I need to use every bit of free time wisely, and if I don’t, I feel like a failure. I put a lot of pressure on myself to produce over the summer since I’m not working, but it doesn’t always go as planned. Then I stress when I don’t work on what I’d planned to work on. For example, I was going to finish my WIP this summer. It didn’t happen. Things came up, and I ended up revising an old manuscript to get it ready for submission. Being diverted from my original goal caused a ton of angst that made me feel like I wasn’t getting anything done.
This was one of the reasons I liked that article I shared. I need to focus more generally on moving forward and less on how much time I spend or how much I get accomplished in a single day.