Happy Saturday internet friends! I hope you’re all having a good weekend so far.
Today I’m coming to you from rural northern Michigan, in a tiny cottage surrounded by other vacation rentals and forest. We did nothing today, and it was glorious.
Having some free time today got me thinking about my faults as a human being, and I think it’s important to tell you guys about some of the things I suck at. I feel like it makes us better friends and gives you a more accurate picture of who I am as a person.
Really, I suck at a lot of things, but today I’d like to touch on one thing in particular: time management. Holy hell, do I suck at this.
I work a full-time (and then some) job. I have friends all over the country that require contacts and visits, a large family, a long-term long-distance relationship, this blog which takes a surprising amount of time, and the need to do things like eat, sleep and read books. This is a lot of things, especially for someone who doesn’t really like doing all of the things. I never seem to have enough time for all of the things I want to do, and inevitably something ends up suffering. I’m aware that it’s not only a matter of not having enough time; I also don’t make the most of the time I do have.
For example, this morning I hung out in bed for an hour after I woke up, reading the news and scrolling through my social media. Whyyyy?! What are you doing with your life Teresa?
This has been a problem for most of my life; not just the idling on social media but the problem with time management. I’ve tried various methods to help with this, like planners and strict scheduling and whatever, but nothing has worked for more than a few weeks at a time.
With regard to this blog, I don’t spend much (read: any) time planning posts. I have a list of topics I’d like to cover, and when I sit down to write every day I just choose the topic that speaks to me. Occasionally I’ll find the time/inspiration to schedule posts, but it doesn’t happen very often. I’d prefer that it happened all the time; I have other creative projects I’d like to start working on, but this blog is my priority and the way I manage it doesn’t leave room for other endeavors.
I think all of this is exacerbated by my job; I work from home and set my own schedule. Really, it’s the perfect job for me, but it doesn’t help with the whole time management thing.
So… any advice? Do you use anything, like Evernote, to help plan posts? How do you allocate time for social media and engagement? How do you force yourself to stick to a schedule?