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Today’s Agenda: 3rd try edition

I have gotten SO much done in the past two days. Unfortunately none of it was on this blog. Grr… I get sucked into projects. I am now completely caught up on my invoicing, my project follow-ups, and I’m actually getting there on laundry. The kitchen is clean. I even showered every day this week. (Yes, I know, that shouldn’t be a big deal.) But I can’t seem to find the time to write. Except for these “Today’s Agenda” posts.

I’m glad I don’t have a traditional job. I’m thrilled that I can (mostly) arrange my work around other things I want to do or have to do. But sometimes I wonder how much more productive I would be if I had an office to go to every day, outside of my house, where I wouldn’t get sucked into doing other things, and then at home I wouldn’t be sitting in front of my computer at 10 or 11pm trying to get work done.

Time management is my biggest stumbling block to being super productive. I flit from thing to thing, sometimes finding something else to occupy my time if I don’t want to do what really needs to be done, and other times I just get sucked into getting other things done and never get to what I really want to do. There’s always something else waiting to be done. I’m never finished.

I was at an event the other day with my friend Mitch of Gay NYC Dad, and I complimented him on how consistently he posts about things very soon after they’ve happened. I mean, we went to the same circus performance a month ago. I think his post was up before I got home, whereas mine just went up a week ago. He said that he has to do that, that he can’t have things hanging over his head – he said he used to live that way, and it was terrible. I agree. I have hundreds of things hanging over my head. 

I don’t know what the answer is, except saying no to more things until I can get everything under control and caught up, even though I already feel like I’m saying no to pretty much everything. I don’t want to run around the house finding clothes for the kids every morning. I don’t want to stay up all night working on projects that I should’ve started weeks ago. I live in a perfect storm of procrastination, trouble saying no, and mild attention deficit disorder (or as I call it, the “Ooh, something shiny!” syndrome).

And the sad thing is, things are so much better than they were a year ago. But I need to step it up. I think it has to start with time. I won’t get all of the laundry done. But if I work on it for a solid hour each day, it will be fine. I won’t get the house clean, it’s just too big. But an hour of cleaning every day will make a huge dent, instead of letting things get so bad that I’m too overwhelmed to start. If I take an hour at the end of each week to invoice and update tax info, I won’t have to spend hours catching up.

I won’t get all of my work done every day – there’s an endless supply of what I want to write about. But if I sit and work for a certain amount of time without flitting to something else (you know, I really need to fix that shelf right now, even though it’s been broken for months), I can plan things out better and know how much more I can take on, or if I need to say no.

This started out as a “Today’s Agenda” post about how I was going to try for the third day to post about Thanksgiving and cake pops. But just writing about it has helped me crystalize in my head what I need to do to get out of this hole. So, I’m off to do an hour of cleaning.

And, uh…post about Thanksgiving and cake pops. :-)

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One Response to “Today’s Agenda: 3rd try edition”

  1. Susan on December 9th, 2011 2:49 pm
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    I’ve found I typically need to either:

    A) Say no to things I am really not interested in because it will come back to bite me in the ass. I will in no way want to write about it and it will take forever. But as a freelance writer, I find I say yes to most things *sigh*

    B) Block out 2 hours or so to just crank out a post/article/whatever I’m working on. Once it’s done, I have the motivation to tweak and edit later on. But getting it off my plate is a relief.

    C) Go to a coffee shop or library to do work that is prone to distraction. It’s really hard to work on something when you have laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc. etc. sitting all around you.
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