Time management and schedules, oh man…. my kryptonite. To be fair, I am fabulous at cooperating with someone else’s schedule. When someone is counting on me to be on time, I put it at the forefront of my mind and it happens. Scheduling my own life? Not so much…
My mind is always going 100 miles per hour in multiple directions. Just ask my husband. Because of this, an idea or task enters my thoughts, and just as quickly, it’s pushed out by the next completely unrelated thing. You should try watching me clean my house…actually no, don’t. It probably resembles someone looking for their lost keys. I was able to hide this a bit more before I had a child. I swear to God that you have to give up your own brain cells to form that baby in your womb. I seriously feel like I got stupid after having my son. I am a spur-of-the-moment decision maker, and then only after what ever it was is completed, do I think about it and realize that it might not have been the best decision. Like buying cars….don’t let me do that. Don’t even let me go to the lot “to look.”
So, back to this task, the time management and schedule thing. I am the type that buys a new planner multiple times a year because “this one I will use!” ….and I do…for like a week. Then it gets left in some random corner to be forgotten till the next cleaning binge. So I have found that a simple lined paper notebook works best. Sized to fit in your purse. My purse is so large I can fit an entire lap top in there though so….yeah. I have learned that when a thought pops into my head of something I need to do, I MUST write it down immediately, even if I think, “Oh, I will remember that,” because no, I won’t. My entries look like this: Date at the top and random jotted down stuff all down the page. I can cross things off as they are accomplished, and if they don’t get done, I add them to the next day. Mornings, while sipping my coffee and my child is glued to the TV watching Moana, are the best time for me to go through and jot down the stuff that I can think of that I should probably do that day. Important things still get forgotten.
The attention deficit thing is an issue when it comes to time management and getting my LuLaRoe/Blogging/business tasks done. I get up to my office/LuLaRoom during nap and then immediately get sucked into answering Emails/personal messages/oooh shopping and Facebook nothingness! Then in the blink of an eye, nap time is over and I have accomplished fucking NOTHING!!!! This is where block times work best. I will say for the next 10 min I will do nothing but answer emails. I set my timer on my phone and I don’t open up any other browser besides my email. DONE! Then the next 30 min I will work on nothing but printing shipping labels and packing up orders. DO NOT OPEN FACEBOOK!!! …..DONE!! Wooohoo!! Now, the next 10 min *Facebook mindlessness!!! I allow myself to do this 10-15 min and then choose the next time block for a different task. No matter how much I think I can multitask, I CAN’T. I just CAN’T. Because by the end of two hours of “multitasking,” ummm…nothing actually gets done.
So me being “organized” probably doesn’t look like most. It’s a bunch of scribbles and random thoughts in a notebook, it’s timers on my phone, it’s me having to tell myself, “No, right now you are playing with your son, that message can WAIT!” I actually have to leave my phone in the car when going out as a family because I will focus on crap that doesn’t matter at that moment rather than focusing on my family. (I will say that it annoys my husband greatly and is often funny to watch, just ask him!) You must set boundaries, otherwise the outside world will take all of your time, and you will just be this body taking up space, unresponsive to your family.
I, by all means, have not mastered this! HAHA!! I fall off the wagon more than I care to admit, but this method does seem to be the most successful for me and my crazy mom brain.
Now, what is next on my list?