Thursday, April 2, 2009
I am behind!! Not just a little bit, but a lot!! I have a file on my computer marked "to go through" and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger!! To some of you who read this blog, your name's in there. It's a file for all of you who've won books and it's listed under "Need to get these in the mail...NOW!!" I apologize for my tardiness, but I'll get to them this weekend, I swear!! And speaking of winners...I've four more to add to my list-zabet17, Blodeudd, Jane, Marilyn, and a bonus winner, Diane P.. (It's only fair, Diane, since we needed to consider the time deferential!! 8) ) Send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your address and I'll get them in the mail next week...promise!
Okay, so how am I going to get caught up? Many years ago I took a class through work on time management and one statement has always stuck with me... "Everyone has the same number of hours in a day, and how you choose to use those hours determines how effective you are." Well, that statement kind of blows the old "I don't have time" excuse! I have as much time as anyone else, so why do I feel that some of my days are spent rushing about, willy-nilly, putting out fires?? Is it over scheduling...biting off more than I can chew? (there are a couple of plots bouncing around in my head right now that I'm trying to get down on paper before they slip away.) Are my priorities out of whack and I'm focusing too much on the details, losing sight of the big picture? Does that account for the days when I feel like I'm just spinning my wheels and not accomplishing much?
I think the answer to my problem is going to be lists!! Lot's of lists...short term lists...long term lists. And I'm going to follow the advice of one of my girlfriends-her MO is to take each day, decide what can be accomplished, and focus on that. She swears that by handling "stuff" that way, she eventually gets everything done.
So what about you? What are your tricks in making effective use of those same 24 hours we all have?? Believe me...I'm open to any suggestions!!!
Got to fly-I have some lists to make!! 8) Take care and have a good one!