Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Time Management

I know, I have my own little Fan club going for Will Terry but I couldn't pass up sharing his blog post this week on time management. Great subject.

My time management skills aren't great but I'm trying to get better. I'm juggling a few deadlines right now and I admit, it is overwhelming. I am fortunate that my kids are older now, so my time is my own and I have plenty of it. Believe it or not, though, I think I got more done when they were little because every minute of my time was scheduled. Okay, I know those with little ones don't want to read that. It is hard, very hard when they are small, no doubt. But when you do have the time, you can easily waste it away.

I liked Will's idea of using the ipad to sketch. I have one and could be utilizing it more. However, I do have my work space in the living room which I love because I'm in the hub of it all. For me that is an advantage because I can be with the family yet keep pressing on with the deadlines.

My biggest time eater is my addiction to, "Words With Friends", as I've mentioned before. I haven't stop playing, it still helps me decompress as I work, but I have edited my amount greatly. I used to have at least 20 games going at a time and now I have 3 or 4 which can take several days to finish (right, Gina?) . For me that is a vast improvement and a fair compromise.

My other time management tool? SLEEP. Yes, sleep. For years, I was trying to burn the candle at both ends trying to get everything done until I realized it was backfiring on me. I was always tired and it was fruitless. Instead I've tried to give up my night owl ways, go to bed. BINGO. I don't know why, but for me that has done the trick. I'm not taking several hours of coffee and self motivation speeches to get to work each day.

Anyway, be sure to read Will's blog post. It's always interesting and insightful to see how others handle their time. I still have a long way to go, but like the deadlines, it's a work in progress. :)


Gina Perry said...

So well said - and honest, Roz. As someone with little ones, I can actually see your point. When I get those precious moments to work, I hit the ground running. If left with longer chunks, or without a clear project, I can waste time (grrr, I hate that!). I'll have to take your word on the sleep business for the next few years. Keep it up, Roz. I don't know how you're juggling it all either. I do best with one project at a time, regardless of time at hand. Go go go!

roz said...

haha yes Gina, bless your heart, the sleep experiment will be quite a few years down the line for you. I can imagine you have learned real quick to function on hardly any sleep. xo

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