If there’s one thing we never have enough of, it’s time. There’s never enough time to get it done. There’s never enough time to do everything we want.
There’s just never enough time, is there, dudes?
No. There’s not.
Which means we need to work hard to make the most of the time we do have. I’m speaking from experience in that I’m not the most, um, shall we say?, well-organized dude in existence. I’m pretty sure that’s speaking kindly.
It used to be different. When I worked for newspapers, I was known as a well-organized dude who never let anything slip past me. That’s because I used to have a tickle file. It was a system I designed to tickle my memory to remind me to do stuff or look into stuff or get back to stuff.
That and the fact that I never threw anything out. If only the bosses could have looked inside my desk drawer, they’d have seen the lie of their praise. I got lucky there.
The problem is, when I stopped working for the newspapers, I stopped generating information every day that I could stash away and then call up when needed. I had to get along on what was around. Thank goodness for the invention of smart phones and personal digital assistants. It’s so much easier to carry around a small phone than it is the lug around a large wall calendar with the appointments for five people labeled in a different ink color.
Still, digital organizer tips won’t do it all. I still can over schedule myself or try to take on too much and then flame out. It’s happened. One of the best ways I’m learning about to overcome this is to try and build in a little nothing time into the schedule.
That is, don’t schedule appointment after appointment after appointment. Build in a little time for you to reflect on each appointment, to write out action lists, to coordinate various lists. In other words, give yourself time to breathe. Otherwise, you’re going to suffocate under the weight of your own expectations.