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Time Management- Part 1: Where does the time go?

Time.

Nobody has it. Well, at least, I don’t.

It’s strange. I’m the Monica Gellar of my family. I have an organizedunhealthy (and let’s just be honest- weird) obsession with notepads and organizer systems.  I’m in love with list making and crossing things off my to-do list gives me a high.

You can all stop judging me now.

The saddest thing, though, is that I SUCK at time management. I can make a list of a list of a list, but for the life of me, can’t find the time to finish any of them!

I always have the best intentions. The night before, I’ll make a list of everything I have to do, in order of importance. I’ll set my alarm so I can wake up early and get started. I have more calendars than I can count and all of them are filled with what I need to do.

Yet the dreaded time drains take ahold of me. Every. Single. Time.

This wouldn’t be the world’s biggest problem if it weren’t for the fact that I have A LOT to do. Between working, writing, editing, publishing, marketing, writing and grammar classes, taking care of my house, cooking, blogging and having a social life, my free time is nonexistent. Hell, I don’t even have time for myself (which is something I very, very important).

So what am I going to do about it?

I’m going to make up my own Time Management Training Program! Yes, another project. And it’s a project that’s going to eat into the time I’m trying to save. (I get the irony here) I’m also, going to be making it up as I go 🙂

Phew. I’m already feeling better. Are you having trouble finding enough time? Join me in this journey. The more the merrier!

I’ve decided that Step 1 in my Time Management training program will be:

Keep track of what you’re actually doing!

20151009_221920I realized a few years ago that when I was training for a bodybuilding competition, I had to keep a strict diet. In order to avoid temptation, I kept a food journal. I knew that if I ate something bad for me, I’d have to write it down. When I would read through my journal and see that unhealthy, terrible (but oh so delicious!) food, I’d mentally kick myself in the ass. I hated seeing that word next to the stuff I was supposed to be eating so I never ate it. It was a mental game for me.

With that being said, I have been keeping track of everything I’ve been doing and how long it takes me to do it. I’ll write down what time I wake up, when I start getting ready for the day, when I went out for dinner.

I’m even writing down when I watch T.V.  (If you haven’t seen New Girl, oh my gosh, jump on Netflix now! It’s hilarious!)

I’m hoping that this first step will show me what I spend the most time on and what I can do to make more use of my day.  I already know the main time drains in my life (Facebook, you evil monster!) which is a good thing.

Acceptance is the first step, right?

I plan on keeping this up for the next week. After that, it’ll be time to evaluate my list and see what needs to be worked on.

Do you guys have any time management tricks? I’d love to hear them!

 

 

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