Monday, January 4, 2010

How Do You Do It?

I'm trying my best to come up with some sort of plan, a schedule, to fit in everything I need to do during the day.

I'm on a quest to be more productive with my writing, so that will take up a big chunk of time. I'm also in dire need of an exercise routine, something non-impact. And I need to factor in all the normal family stuff, too (huge chunk--especially on Mondays).

So far today I skipped my 5:30 wake-up call in favor of a little more sleep. By 6:30 I was up and out of the house with the kids. By 7:10 I was on the treadmill. By 7:45 (I really don't like the treadmill), I was online, reading email. I belong to quite a few yahoo groups and going through those posts takes me awhile, never mind my own email. Here it is 8:30, and I've just begun with the blog and I haven't even been over to Facebook yet.

All in all, I'd say the schedule wasn't working out so far. Hello, understatement. BUT I'm hopeful with a little tweaking, I'll get it right. Soon. Hopefully really soon. I know dozens of people who can manage all this stuff without thinking twice. I want to know their secrets!

I'm hoping you all will have tips for me. I'm in desperate need of some help.


  1. Please, please share when you find a way to manage everything. The more I tried to manage, the worse it seems to get.

  2. One of the things I do is plan 30-60 minutes for my morning tasks before going to work by tackling the easiest and less time consuming tasks first. I read and respond to emails first, then peruse blogs (I use google reader which helps) and do a quick post and lastly scan Facebook.

    My only suggestion is to allocate a set time for all that you need to do. Because I don't have other commitments other than work, it's easier for me to do that.

    Also, if you don't like doing an activity, then don't because that time you can save to do something you do like.

  3. Dru, I like your idea of only doing the things I want to do!

    As for today, I did about 75% of my goal list for today. Not bad. Am hoping a set schedule will get better the more I do it. I'm trying to break some seriously bad time management habits.

  4. Every time I get my schedule to a place where it actually WORKS, some one (usually me) throws something new on my plate and messes up the whole system.

    Mostly I just make to-do lists and savor crossing each item off. If I don't put something on the list, it never gets done.