Monday, November 8, 2010
Now, many who know me might say I am the last person from whom you should take time management advice. I am often frazzled leaving the house, at least five minutes late for appointments (usually the fun ones, like coffee with friends), and even let the stress affect other parts of my life.
But, like right now, I can't go back on the promises I've made or the events I have planned. It's a busy time of year for anyone, and for us it is exacerbated by the kids and their parties and needs. (Don't worry, I'm not one of those moms who has my kids in a million activities. They are just 2 and 5, and only one of them does Fall and Spring soccer--nothing else yet!)
So, if you can't cut back on the things you have to accomplish, and you can't change the time in which you have to do them, what do you do? Do you take your kids to school late? Do you push your editor for a later date to turn in your MS?
You find a way.
You (oh, yeah, I'm gonna use the big word) organize. There's really no other way to do it. We live nearly 30 minutes from my children's school, so I have to take certain precautions to not have crazy mornings. Precautions such as making lunches the night before, prepping the coffee to automatically brew in the AM--those things make it possible to do everything (having a great husband helps.)
For writing, we prep our supplies so they're ready when we have a moment to scribble--notebook and/or recorder in purse, computer plugged in near the biggest kid distraction--the TV, outline stored on the desktop for easy clicking, editor's and publisher's numbers on speed dial. Whatever your plan, just having one gives you an edge.
What is your plan? Do you have time to chew what you bite? Or are you overextended? If so, what can you cut? What suffers?
Posted by Michele Emrath at 7:55 AM