Affirmation: “Everything is before me, there is time enough for everything, and everything will come in time and in due course…My path is strewn with cherry blossoms…Everything contributes to my present and future successes.” 3 days ago
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DayDreamer37TM rule #57: Time is not what you’re managing, you’re managing yourself and what you do as the time passes
This morning, I got right up and exercised while reading a book about simplicity for an article. Then I made breakfast and sat down to eat while updating my time tracking tool. Two hours had passed since I got up and I’d used all of that time wisely. And I had the epiphany I’ve had 100 times before: why not try to use all time wisely since it’s going to pass anyway? It’s not like if I waste time, time will speed up or stop. It still keeps going and going. Also if I’ve done something during that time other than read celebrity gossip, nap, watch DS9, etc, then I should record what I do.
Experts say you really can’t “manage” time. Time has no master. Time is not what you’re managing, you’re managing yourself and what you do as the time passes. The minutes tick away at the same pace no matter what.
We all get the same 24 hours a day. I find comfort in this. After all, there is so much effort involved with daily life, so much self-discipline, will power, persistence, faith etc that it is a comfort that for one aspect of life, like the passage of time, I don’t have to do a thing. I just have to make sure that I get stuff done, a little bit of multiple projects every single day as the time rolls on. 5 months ago
Sometimes I look forward to my commute because I’m reading a great book that I won’t take time out to relax with at home.
I also use my commute to write a new to-do list or reconcile my calendar.
Sometimes I’ll write during my commute.
And other times I’ll just stare into space and go into a sort of meditation as I get to where I’m going.
Here’s what Roy Alexander in Real World Time Management has to say about commutes:
“Plan commuting activities in advance on your daily to-do list. Choose a long-term need (new subject, a foreign language, educational tape). Listen to tapes every day as you travel…Rehearse speeches and presentations, wrie business letters, friendly notes, memos.” 10 months ago
Since I’m a freelance, contract type I pretty much control my schedule and work at home quite often. So as I mentioned in the last rule, I’ve been given company email addys. However sometimes the addy might be on outlook and accessible only when I’m in the office. In that case I always use either a Google or Yahoo account and I ask people to cc the other address, also if I think I’ll need access to an email at home, I’ll forwarded it to the web accounts. 10 months ago
I once worked for a magazine where I was given a company email addy. But I found it more efficient to have the email from there forwarded to me at an email address I used more frequently. 10 months ago
Here’s a quote from Elizabeth Towne, that word “easy” caught my attention…
”...After a few days of faithful practice at gazing upon your Ideal you will find your whole life changing. You will find yourself with more heart for your work, and things will seem easier to do. Depressions will grow less frequent and less profound, and in time they will entirely cease, and you will find new ideas coming to you about how to do your work. Then your interest in it will increase and you will begin to know the joy of the successful artist...
“When you arrive at this stage you will wake some morning to find yourself making more money. And you will find yourself with a little real faith, or conviction, that in due time your Ideal will become real. After that all is easy-your Ideal will live you, instead of having to be carefully nurtured at stated intervals.-”-Elizabeth Towne 12 months ago
fight for it. That’s why you’re managing your time so carefully, so you can put it to good use. Don’t volunteer to spend time in misery anymore. You’ve done your time, here’s to freedom. 13 months ago
I wrote all about them here under “Keep track of my time.”
http://www.43things.com/entries/view/5556443 13 months ago
“Indecisive people are never high producers,” writes Don Aslett. “The biggest battle of go- getting ends the minute you decide to stop brooding, stalling and analyzing and just DO the job at hand.” 13 months ago
Don Aslett says that if you’re feeling guilty about something you failed to do, either permanently cross it off your list or take care of it right now.
“You’ll get a lot more done and have a lot more fun if you’re unencumbered,” Aslett writes. 13 months ago
“A clear conscience is a big key to production,” writes Don Aslett. “Bearing grudges and nursing hard feelings is a real time and spirit waster, too.” 13 months ago
—even if it’s only a small section of a larger project 13 months ago
even it it’s a small section of a larger project. 13 months ago
Put all project materials (checklists, notes, relevant documentation etc) into the same folder—physical and on the computer
Better to have one big folder than a hundred little folders to look through when you need something 13 months ago
At work at least once a week; at home at least once every two weeks. 13 months ago
Choose ONE thing (maybe even just a peice of a project) and get it done while the phone is ringing, six emails arrive and two people are at my desk asking for something. Get it done in between interruptions. Have fun! 13 months ago
I tent to mull over the day when I’m on my way home on the train. Instead I’ll keep an article in my bag to distract me ASAP…
It’s even okay to distract myself from one major problem with a lesser problem. 13 months ago
I keep myself busy and out of trouble so that others don’t have to spend their time arguing with me, cheering me up, helping me etc. I stand on my own two feet, but do go to others when it is necessary.
This saves me time and those around me as well. 13 months ago
Always have some work with you that you enjoy, it’s like having your knitting or your tennis racket in your bag!
I can’t find the exact quote, but this is from Don Aslett’s book Done! 13 months ago
This saves so much time in the morning when the clothes are already seperated and folded. There’s no searching and no drama! 13 months ago
Being healthy saves time. When you feel good your more productive, can get more done and you’re not spending all of your time in doctor’s offices. 13 months ago
This creative outlet insures that you’re using your freetime in a productive manner as opposed to watching hours and hours of mindless TV. 13 months ago
Currently I’m working with Quizlet to memorize some terms. I should have done this with every job I had.
But I don’t think most jobs had words I didn’t understand. It was the social aspect of them that I had trouble navigating. I should be better now that I’ve had 5 mos at C21. 14 months ago
For those BORING times when time drags and you cannot read or do somethng else. Forget about time and it seems to move faster. 14 months ago
In my career as an assistant I’ve often been in charge of collecting informtion from others on a weekly or monthly basis. In my last role as an assistant, I created a form letter (email) requesting the information. I’d just edit it for each recipient or i’d send it to multi recipients without addressing it to anyone in particular. I’d put the email addresses in the “bcc” field so no one can see anyone elses address.
One word of caution, make sure you read the form letter carefully before you send it out. Once I wrote “happy new year” at the end of a form letter that I was sending out in January and then sent it out again in February with the same “happy new year” message at the bottom. Ooops! 16 months ago
“Many people put all their effort into planning their workday a nd then neglect to think about what they wil do with their time off…Who wants to rush home to yet another night or weekend of staring at the television?”- Julie Morgenstein
This concept was also talked about in Live Alone and Like it. Plan what you’re going to do on your downtime and then work with a sense of urgency to get to that wonderful activity.
I’d plan to pick up books from the library, writing projects and spending time with the family. Now I have another activity that I’m exploring on my downtime—and yes, I put it on my calendar 16 months ago
One of the mistakes I made early in my career is that I had no true “escapes.” I’d work and then do more work on the weekend by going to lectures, volunteer stuff etc. I needed a true “escape.”
“Certain activities renew us by providing relaxation, refreshment or just sheer delight. Think about the activities that instantly transport you to a place of pure joy…This element of your personal life is what defines you-what makes YOU. These activities-the no braners of joy-are important to build into our everyday lives.”-from Never Check Email in the morning. 16 months ago
My husband keeps track of his most important assignments by seeing what emails he has to deal with. I’ve used this method as well for certain projects. When I get the information I need from the email or respond to whomever sent it, then I file the email and consider that particular part of the project (no matter how big or small) as complete. Sometimes I’ll make a note on my to do list to deal with an email.
But using this method to keep track of assignments is only for projects where you’re working with others and doesn’t work for many of the writing projects I complete where I’m working alone. In that case I can always use the “task” or “calendar” in Outlook o send reminders etc. 16 months ago
Take notes and then keep them on file with the specific project your working on, NOT in one general notebook. If you take all of your notes in one place, it will take you forever to find the notes on one particular conversation if you need it later. I like to use scrap paper to take notes, then just slip them into the file with the other project information. 16 months ago
If I have to take care of several things in one day, all of it’s on my to do list or calendar, but none of it is due at a particular time, I’ll take out a scrap piece of paper and right down at what time I’ll do what. Sometimes when you do this you can save yourself some time by doing them in logical order. For example if I have to go to the library and the grocery store on the same day, I’ll make sure I hit the grocery store first, Since the dry cleaners is near the library, I’ll run these two errands together.
And when I have a report that is due at the end of the month, when do I get started on the next months report-at the very beginning of the month, so I’m no rushed as the due date approaches. Once I had 9 articles due all within 3 days of one another. I staggered the completion of each of them and I worked on them all each day taking them as far as I could. Then the next day I’d pick up the threads again. 16 months ago