Project: Making Time

I should be reading something so I could write a book review (I’m so sorry, Love Your Frenemies! I’ll get back to you…eventually), but instead I’m playing Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright.

Check it out; it’s an AMAZING game.

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SO MANY SHIPS TO SHIP. Also, great gameplay.

Having said that, there’s also the matter of feeling drained:

  • My job, while not necessarily physically taxing, can be mentally exhausting
  • I’ve been getting asthma attacks for almost 2 weeks now, WTH
  • I had to basically rip apart and restructure an outline to finish my Project TIMES submission before our deadline
  • My cats are…they’re being my cats

And frankly, it’s hard to take a break because:

  • I actually love my job—working with keywords may not be your thing, but I find them interesting
  • The existence of no-drowse/low-drowse antihistamines means I have to keep going unless the attack requires the use of a nebulizer
  • Even though I’ve submitted my story, the work isn’t done—we need to promote the anthology*…and I volunteered to run a poetry workshop (more on that in another post)
  • One of my cats is sick, another one might POTENTIALLY get sick, and yet another one probably needs to get her shots AND get spayed

So what does this mean? This means that I have to actually MAKE time to plan out every dang thing I need to be doing for the next month or so. I might even read this book to get ideas on how to do that on a larger scale.

I’m not a scheduling kind of gal, but I think I need to start doing that right now because:

  • When I don’t have a schedule to follow, I tend to either derp around or overtax myself doing stuff for other people
  • It will force me to really think about what goals I need to prioritize, and what steps need to be taken to achieve those goals
  • I’ve developed the skill of telling the time based on TV shows crime channels, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing

I’ve tried this before, of course. But I FAILED. I need to know how to do this and STICK to it. You guys have any idea how we can get this done? Please let me know!

Help me, theoretical readers of this blog. You’re my only hope.

* Speaking of promotions: if you want to get a PHYSICAL copy of our Project: TIMES book Hearts for Sale, you can order it by clicking the caption of the image below. And, in case you’re interested in meeting the contributors, you can participate in our (totally introvert-friendly)  release party.

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2 thoughts on “Project: Making Time

  1. My biggest time management tip is to write **everything** down with a time (whether it’s an analog planner or on your phone or a google calendar), including showering, cooking, and eating, and to make sure you plan enough down-time to take care of yourself, recover from the brain-strain of work, and to include some rewards/games/reading/tv/fun in the schedule.

    1. 1.) OH MY GOD you’re on my blog! Thanks for visiting and giving advice (this is super awesome)!

      2.) The scheduling strategy sounds like a really good idea; I just need to get into that habit and stick to it. I schedule some major stuff on my calendar, but I forget to schedule the smaller things. Maybe making my to do list more granular might actually help?

      3.) I’m thinking of trying to apply the URGENT-IMPORTANT-NOT URGENT-NOT IMPORTANT quadrant strategy as well. My friend (who has a magical power I like to call “schedulemancy” uses this to prioritize tasks, and this might help me figure out how much time to allot to a scheduled activity. What do you think? Will this be too much effort?

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