In my family, I’m the organized one. I know where everything is. I never lose my keys (except for that one time I accidentally threw them away – thank you Tile! haha). You might be wondering why a hyper-organized person would have a Tile. It was quite literally for a “just in case I do something stupid with my keys” kind of situation. Haha. (For those of you who don’t know, Tile is a bluetooth device that you put on your keys, and it can communicate with your phone and sing to you if you ever throw your keys into the giant trash can at work and can’t find them.)
So, I thought I would be good at organizing my time. And I was right. Kind of. I have a planner. And in the planner I write down everything I want and need to do each day. The problem I had a couple of years ago, is that I would get overwhelmed and do nothing because I put too much stuff on my list. So, I fixed that first.
The problem I’ve been having this year, is that I was trying to do everything after work. Needless to say, this hasn’t been working for me. So, sometime last month, I think, I asked my brother how he gets stuff done, not because he’s a shining example of time management, I don’t really know. But he certainly seems to be more productive than I am.
He suggested I break up what I wanted to do between the morning and the evening so it doesn’t all pile up after work. I’ve known for a long time now that I need to get up and do crap in the morning before work, which is surprisingly not that hard for me if I get to bed before 2 am. But every time I’ve tried this in the past, I’d mess up one or two times and quit. #perfectionistcons
But that’s not how you succeed at anything. So, I’m trying again, and this time, I’m going to keep trying until it sticks. Because I can’t wait until my life is perfect to fix this time management issue. Because you know how the saying goes. If I don’t do it now, I’m not going to do it then.
So, in the last four weeks or so, I’ve been actively trying, every day, and things are actually not going too bad for someone with 20 years of bad habits to overcome. I’ve gotten a ton of stuff done. I actually put up my laundry the day after I did it. Of course, I’m messing up, but I’m still trying, so there’s hope. 🙂 The good thing is: I actually like being up early in the morning (when it happens). The day feels SO long, and I get so much more done! Imagine that. 😛
Here’s a fresh new problem I’ve run into though: I have absolutely no concept of how long it takes me to do certain tasks.
For example, I’m beta reading right now. I was like, “This isn’t in bad shape, I ought to be able to do two chapters a day and still be way ahead of her deadline.”
Um, no. Some chapters take fifteen minutes, some, I swear, take an hour. So, if I write down beta reading for two chapters, and I budget an hour, I end up going over 90% of the time.
So, on Monday, I made the adjustment to just do an hour, whatever I can do in that hour. When the hour is up, I finish up and move on to the next thing on my list. I would spend more time beta-ing, and I usually do, but I have a very long to-do right now, so since I have a good month to get it back to her, I’m going to take that month, for once.
Of course, when I was 20, I could get four hours of sleep or less and still get up in the morning, but I not be 20 anymore, and my body laughs at me when I try to do that now. curses
I can say that delegating tasks between the a.m. and p.m. makes my life feel lot less chaotic, at least. It’s irritating the OCD a little bit because I don’t tend to operate in moderation – I tend to just read or just write or just watch Youtube. To be honest, I’m not really used to being busy, so when I am, I have a tendency to freak out. But this has been nice so far – breaking up my time between reading, writing, beta-ing, researching, blogging, and down time. 🙂
Of course, I’ll be happy when the bulk of the research is over. More writing & (fiction) reading time. But at least I’m enjoying the content.
Before I go, I have FUN publishing news! Writing buddy Sunflower Michelle Athy published a short story on Amazon this week!! So, I wanted to throw another wave of congratulations her way!! Congratulations Michelle!! (cheers) ^_^