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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