Ever feel like there’s just not enough time in a day?
If you answered “No” I envy you. Teach me. It seems like no matter how much time I have it’s not enough.
And it’s every day. The same cycle, like Inception or reverse Inception where twenty-four hours seems more like four.
And me without my totem wonders–is this real life? There are just so many distractions
that it becomes next to impossible to accomplish anything. I read an article on The Urban Muse where Susan Johnston describes ten time management methods tailored for writers. So, I started strategizing and since have tried the following:
1. Making Lists
I love lists. Making lists. Reading lists. Using lists is where things get tricky. I make a lot of lists. I mean a lot. It’s really hard to stick to lists when you’re always misplacing them. So, I’m currently looking for a better way to keep lists.
2. Using Timers
This is actually pretty effective. Set timers at fifteen-minute intervals (or 30 or an hour dealer’s choice really) and commit to tasks for the set amount of time, then take a break for the same or less amount of time. This method really breaks up big tasks so that they don’t seem so daunting to approach and I don’t find myself too distracted when I can look forward to a break.
I’ve found using iCal and Google Calendar has been pretty useful. I can map out tasks for an entire day, week, month or year so that I can stay on top of appointments, assignments, meetings, etc. I can also parse out time throughout the day for me-time, errands, and writing time.
I feel like the old man in that episode of the Twilight Zone, but made for this era—I’m great at finding time for distractions, but there’s not enough time for what needs to be done. So, how do you manage your time? Have you tried any of the above methods? Have they been effective for you? If you have any effective advice on time management let me know in the comments so I can be Meredith Burgess (hopefully without the apocalypse).
Until next time, thanks for stopping by!