Those of you who know me in real life know that I often joke about having OCD. At one point, in a previous office, my co-workers labeled me with chart stickers because I organized the sheets of stickers. Why am I telling you this?
Because it's an issue.
I find that it doesn't take much disorder for me to become, well, agitated. I can usually talk myself down, or distract myself, but the point is, I need structure. It's funny, because you'd think that a writer or other sort of creative person would not want structure or limits or boundaries, but I can't work without them. I need a deadline (and preferably a close one) to get things done. That's part of why I work so well with NaNoWriMo. There are definite goals and deadlines, so I get my wordcount and get the story done.
When I'm crafting, I often gravitate towards knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, and sewing as 'relaxing' crafts - because they have patterns that I have to follow to make things turn out right. I like scrapbooking and card-making, but I find that I enjoy both of those more when I have a plan, whether it's a challenge template that I've found online, or a design that I come up with before I start working.
Today, I've been dealing with OTHER PEOPLE. OTHER PEOPLE don't necessarily get it. They don't always understand that I need to know what's going on. They don't understand that, when I don't have any idea when a project will end, I get upset. When this goes on for a month or two, I can't sleep properly. I start living on caffeine and sugar, which makes me somewhat less than fun to be around. Overall, it sucks.
So what is the point of this long, rambling post? If you know someone like me, please, please, please take pity on them. Give us deadlines. Give us endpoints. Give us updates! Just don't leave us in limbo. It's bad for everyone involved.