See what’s become of me…
I’m sorry for the Simon & Garfunkel (or The Bangles) ear worm and please don’t hate me if you are singing that all day, but I had this song in my head as I thought about how my time seems to be always short lately. I have so many, many, many things I need to do, want to do, and try to do. Also it seems that I have so much I am just not getting done for lack of time.
At a recent meeting at work, one of the managers discussed the importance of time management, and while I wholeheartedly agreed with the argument, I knew that even with excellent management of my time, I frequently still come up short on the time to accomplish everything.
I’ve started looking at how to better manage my time though, as I’ve been missing out of some important things lately because of a shift in time spent at work with an ever increasing volume in our business. I’m thankful for the job, but the overtime has cut into and shifted around other things I normally do-including writing and my writing group attendance. Less family time on weeknights has meant maximizing family time on the weekends. Less time for chores during the week means adding more of those on the weekends. My writing time (and making it to writing group-sorry guys I know I’m terrible!) have suffered as a result.
I saw this article on ways to improve time management while looking at ideas to see how I can maximize the time I do have, including guarding my writing time a bit better. One suggestion is that an activity “that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it” The article points out that to-do lists can get unmanageable but an appointment book can sometimes really work. Like Jesi saying in her post yesterday that she is “grounding” herself to get some writing done, I’ve decided I need to get back to committed writing times. I’ve seen an abbreviated version of JK Rowling’s quote below about protecting writing time before, but I love this full quote I found on Goodreads :
“Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.”
Whether it’s setting aside writing time, like I’d like to, or trying to capitalize on the time with family, or time spent playing catch up on all the stuff we’ve fallen behind on in our life, occasionally we have to take a look at our time and how it is spent. What is important? What isn’t so important? Can this wait, or just not be done at all? Or is this essential?
Right now I am working on these questions and working to find solutions to making it all work. What I do know is that none of us are guaranteed time, so I want to make the most of what I have.
How do you make time for what is important to you? Have any tips you’d like to share, please feel free to comment with your best advice.
Have a great week!