I’ve blogged about time before. It’s something that I consistently have a problem with. If I stick to one project I can stay on track. But working on one project at a time will make attaining my goals, not impossible, but a voyage of years. And I don’t wish to spend that kind of time to hit my goals. Not only that, I would have to back out of projects I am committed to. So that’s a no go.
I’ve never been short on goals or ambition but finding the time to achieve those goals can be challenging. Never the less, I am undaunted. I keep projects logged in planners to keep from missing a deadline and embarrassing myself. And I’m currently taking a workshop to help learn new tricks to best utilize my time and get more work out. This is so me. And with the very first lesson, a very simple one, I made an interesting discovery. I have a lot more time to write and edit than I realized. What I don’t have is good management of that time and discipline.
I also learned where my time is being wasted. The culprit: The Internet. I have a bad habit of working for a few minutes then jumping to email, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and any other place that strikes me as absolutely necessary to visit at that very moment.
So I have a new goal. Curb my surfing habits. I was shocked to see how much time I have at my disposal and what I do with it. I’m utterly appalled by how little work I actually do each week. I realize I should have a lot more completed. Instead, I have a pile of projects in various states of completion.
So how do I feel about this? I’m glad to finally understand that my time management is totally out of control. And I’m glad to be working on a plan to remedy my ways. I am not happy to know how much I could have behind me if I had taken better control of things sooner.
How about you? What is your time wasting habits and what do you do about it?