Please, Universe, may I have some more minutes to add to my day?
There are only 1,440 minutes in each day. Of which 480 minutes are used to sleep and 600 are used to commute to my employer and actually work. Eek! That leaves me with a measly 360 minutes to write, edit, play with the dog (non-negotiable), torment the cat, exercise (a need), and write.
I suppose I could cut back on the sleep, but that would end poorly. No sleep makes Leila a cranky character.
Cut back on work? Bad idea, I need to get paid to put kibble in the dog’s bowl, food on my table, and pay for my book habit.
I could get a time-turner, but I’m not organized to keep out of my own timeline. Plead with the Doctor to take me away on an adventure? Maybe clone myself to get more done? Okay, scratch the cloning. It’s been proven through out science fiction that cloning causes more problems than it helps. What if one of them wants to be the real me? OR what if they revolt and try to implement my plans for world domination without me? No cloning.
Or just suck it up and get more organized.
The ‘O’ word. There are times in my life when I am clock-work organized. Everything gets accomplished. Then I make the ultimate mistake, I add to my list of things to do. It starts with seemingly minor things, then escalates until I’m huddled into a lump, rocking in a corner wondering where 360 minutes of my life vanished to.
Here are the things I do to keep myself on track:
- Keep a calendar – Making sure I’m writing down time commitments gives me freedom to plan time left over.
- Create a schedule and stick to it – Knowing where I’m going to be on a scheduled basis is a relief. Yes, I can maintain flexibility when things come up, but ultimately knowing where and what I need to be doing is freeing.
- Just say ‘NO’ – NO is not a bad word. It is a word that defines boundaries. I’m learning to use it in my life.
- DO NOT succumb to guilt – It’s hard to refuse family, friends, and puppy-dog eyes when I have things to accomplish. A schedule gives me a concrete reason to say ‘no’ and suggest another time that will work within my schedule.
- A Written ‘To-Do’ list – A to-do list keeps me on task and is therapeutic when I cross items off.
- Prioritize my ‘must do’ list every day – With the written ‘to-do’ list I can prioritize what are the important tasks for the day. It allows me to be flexible and allow things to happen while not falling behind.
I’m not perfect in my organization. I fail on an epic scale regularly. The effort of trying keeps me ahead of the game and lets me use that limited time I have.
How do you keep your 360 minutes organized or do you pants it?