I've got two books releasing this year:
...Which means I'm reinventing my author site, organizing two blog tours, sending copies for review, participating in online chats and discussions, designing giveaways...and writing my next books. Large jobs to be sure--and a short month (February) can only add to the pressure to GET IT ALL DONE.
If you look at writerly jobs in big chunks (promote THE JUNCTION, write my next YA), you go nuts. Which is why I love my planner. It forces me to look at small, daily jobs (send out two JUNCTION giveaways, update tour dates, read 50 pages of first-pass pages for FERAL, type edits for first two chapters of next MG).
I miss the deep-breath feeling of ending a semester. It was such a great feeling driving away from a college campus after the last final had been taken knowing EVERYTHING was finished. There is no real "finished" feeling in your professional life--just one task that winds up bleeding into the next, the next.
But that's another reason why I love my planner--when I go to bed each night, I can see what I've accomplished each day, and can rest assured that I'm on track. And I love knowing that the next day will be equally full...