Time management is not the easiest thing in the world. At least not for me. One of my most commonly spoken phrases is “I don’t have time for that.”
It isn’t that the time doesn’t exist. It’s more that time is a finite thing, and I have a lot to do in the course of a day. Some tasks take me longer than I think they will. Others are things like Facebook, where I figure I’ll spend ten or fifteen minutes and then get sidetracked, and next thing I know it’s been half an hour.
Although to be honest, Facebook is one of the things I often say I don’t have time for. It isn’t easy for me to think of things to say on social media, but being visible on social media and interacting is part of being an author. Except I don’t interact much, because I either can’t think of anything to say or I think I don’t have time. See how that turns into a cycle?
Lately I’ve been working really hard on changing some of that. I’m still not great about social media, but I am trying to be more mindful of how much time I spend on tasks. It’s more important than ever, since I now have a part-time job in addition to writing, plus I’m doing some studies and trying to keep myself occupied. I’m also trying to make sure I spend time in the evenings relaxing with a book and/or TV show instead of being on the computer until bedtime. (It’s probably a good thing I don’t have my laptop computer with me most of the time, or I would be relaxing on the couch with the computer…)
I have improved a little. I’m actually getting most things done during the day at this point. Still working on the social media, but hopefully I’ll get there.
Meanwhile, I have to end this post to make sure I have time to write other things…