Okay so wow it has been kinda crazy as of late for me. I used to think I had a fairly descent grip on the whole time management thing. Then you become unemployed and well you have nothing but free time. Everything can always be done tomorrow. That’s what happened to me. Then I got a new job.
I like having my new job, don’t get me wrong but it is surprisingly harder than I thought to readjust. I figured I would just be able to roll with the punches so to speak but sadly it is not so easy. I haven’t been writing on my book and my fanfic is coming along slow. Okay that’s a lie, it’s there it’s just when I’m in front of the computer and can type I have other things to do or my mind is elsewhere. I am not doing as well in my reading as I’d have liked to be and it’s hard because I have so many wonderful books that I am dying to read and they are just sitting there on my shelf or on my kindle waiting.
Now what do you ask is the reason for this post? Well first it’s to say I haven’t disappeared. Really, I’m still here. Promise. I might not be posting very regularly but that is because I’m not watching new movies or reading/finishing books as quickly as before because of everything else. Though I hope you will all stick around. I plan to have a movie or book review for you in the next day or so. However, this post was to talk about time management.
Do you really manage time or does it manage you? I have been putting a lot of thought into this while I’m driving to and from my job. I have 30-50 minutes one way (depending on weather and traffic) and these are the kind of things that occur to me. So I am taking suggestions from anyone willing to give advice. How do you make everything in your day run smoothly and still find time for the pleasure of things?
My plan right now is to get a regular schedule down and just stick with it. I just have to figure out everything I was doing and find ways to fit it all in to better time periods. No more reading until 4am then sleeping all day…but I can still read. I get breaks and I always have my kindle with me, never know when you might have 5 extra minutes to read. Though usually at work on breaks there is too much going on to read, I have people to talk to or e-mails and text’s to respond to.
The funny thing is that while I’m at work or driving, when I’m not able to write things down I have some great ideas for my writing. I know I have tried putting them in my phone but I’m trying to be better with the whole using cell phone while driving thing. Maybe I’ll locate my old digital recorder. I could record my thoughts, oh wow that might be dangerous, and then work on them at home. There is that I suppose but then again anyone who’s ever received a voicemail from me can attest to just how random and convoluted they are.
Though I have been looking into moving closer to my current job, and everything else really. That should save time and even save me a bit of money in gas. I’ve worked the numbers, and even my dad gives it his approval. I am still only slightly offended that he doubted my math but hey it felt nice to have a second opinion. Now I just have to make sure the place I’m looking at is good. Don’t want any surprises. I know I need to do something because I am sick of feeling so drained all the time. Plus, my writing has taken a huge hit. I really can’t even remember the last time I wrote on my WIP and my fanfic is coming along slowly…
So how do you all find time in the day to get everything done? Do you have schedules?