Happy Birthday, America! What is everyone doing today for the 4th? I’m out on the river, boating and drinking and basking in the sun until Mother Nature takes it away and gives us thunderstorms, as she has threatened to do. And yet…I still got a post up today. Just like yesterday. And the day before. Woo hoo!! Not to pat myself on the back (you know, since I’m 4 days into it), but this resolution thing is going pretty well.
Anyway, not only am I posting consistently, but I’m doing so in such away that allows me to still do other things (like
drinking! boating!). I know you are dying to know how. It’s all because of resolution #4.
Resolution #4: Time Management
This is a biggie for me. I feel like I haven’t been getting it right. See, I’m a busy girl. That’s a story for another day, but basically, I’ve got a lot on my plate. And blogging has turned out to be more time consuming than I ever expected. I love it, but it takes a lot of time and energy, especially considering that I know so very little about it. I have so much to learn. I’m constantly researching/reading/exploring how to make it happen. Plus, social media has turned out to be pretty time consuming (again, SO much to learn) and keeping up with all the fabulous blogs and bloggers out there. Oh, yeah, and I need time to write posts. It’s a lot, so I need to be more efficient with my time.
Here’s the key piece of information that I’ve figured out about time management: I’m a sucky, sucky multi-tasker. Some people can get 100 things done at one time, I am not one of them. It’s embarrassing how long it took me to figure this out. I need to do one thing at a time because I get more done, and I do it better and faster, if I give it all of my attention. Then move on to the next thing.
This is especially true when I’m writing. If I stop to do something else, I lose my groove/momentem/inspiration, and I have such a hard time picking it back up. Now that I think about it, this probably explains the dozen half-written draft posts that I have waiting in limbo.
So here’s what I’m going to do about it. I will do one thing at a time. No more bouncing back and forth between writing/social media/housework/other crap. I will sit in my office to work at the computer so that I am not distracted by the eleventy million things that need done around the house because when I sit in the kitchen I am distracted by allllll the chores that need done. I will also not bounce around aimlessly in internetland writing a bit here, tweeting a bit there, reading a bit here. One. Thing. At. A. Freaking. Time.
I’ve also learned to be more realistic about how productive I can possibly be on any given day. Yes, I’ve found that I’m more productive since I stopped being all ADD about my work habits, but I still can’t do it all. I bought myself a pretty little day planner, and I make to-do lists for each day. It’s so important that I see what I am actually capable of getting done. Just because I put it all on Monday’s to-do list doesn’t mean it will all magically get done on Monday. And what gets doesn’t get done on Monday will end up on Tuesday’s list, which is already pretty full. See the vicious cycle there? I’m working on that.
You know how I managed to blog today if I’m on a boat drinking a Corona right now? I put it on my (realistic!) to-do list, and yesterday I sat down and put it together. Made the image, wrote and edited the post. All at one time. No Facebook, Instagram, vacuuming or washing dirty britches. I did what I needed to do, without distracting myself under the guise of “multi-tasking”, and then moved on to the next bit of work. Obviously, it was successful, because you are reading this and I’m catching a tan and a buzz. Now I just have stick with it and turn these new “tricks” into my work habits.
What time management tips/tricks/secrets have you found to be helpful? How do you balance blogging with the rest of your life?