That's what I've been doing for months now. Putting things off to a future date when all my deadlines are passed and I'll have time. I've been working on a book for the past 6 months and it is finally finished and off to the publisher. I've been telling myself, "If I can just get by until May, then I'll have some free time." This is a familiar story for me. I get crazy with deadlines and look forward to a future date when I have fewer commitments. But the funny thing is, somehow that future date never comes. New commitments appear to fill in the "free" time.
How do I let myself get caught up in this cycle? You might say that I should say "no" more often or give up some things. Well I have been much better about doing that. But I've realized that I am a workaholic. I love what I do and I thrive on deadlines (for the most part!) Yet I also believe in living in the present. And when I'm focused on "getting by", I'm not living in the present. I suppose it's all about balance. Finding a way to keep that sense of presence in my daily life while still working toward my commitments. That is what I strive for, and it's clear that I will be walking this path for awhile longer.