Over the past few weeks I have been thinking quite a bit about time. It comes from a determination to utilize my time better during this school year, or at least do better than in years past. How can I get my kids into good habits if I am not following my own advice?
Utilizing our time well is probably one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. After all, we all have a limited supply of it. (Leave it to me to take simple topics like creating a schedule and maximizing productivity and getting all philosophical about it.) At the end of the day, I want to look back and know that my time was well utilized.
Why am I getting so wound up about this? Productivity and time management used to be one of my strongest assets. Knowing that I could always find a way to get it all done was a confidence booster to me and to those around me. Now when I look at the piles of paper to be put away and my never-ending to-do list, it is another reminder that I am no longer that person who can do it all.
The way I see it, we have opportunities, obligations and the dreaded “to-do” list, those items that have to get done as soon as we can fit them in somewhere. Right now, that “to-do” list is completely overwhelming, so much so that just thinking about it makes my blood pressure rise.
So to start off the school year on the right foot, I am trying to set aside enough time to fulfill obligations, take advantage of opportunities and chip away at that dreaded list. The beauty of being a blogger is that you can make your own hours so to speak, but that does not seem to be working anymore. It is time to set work hours and create a better, more efficient use of time. For instance, I have come to recognize that I do my best writing best early in the morning and do a better job of chipping away at smaller tasks better later in the day. Next up is to determine the best way to eliminate distractions and regain productivity.
So here we go again, settling in to a new routine and trying to figure it all out. As they say, it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
How do you budget your time? What works best for you?