22 February 2008

Time Mismanagement

Today’s email discussion between a friend and I…

Me: How do you manage your time during the day?

Stephanie: I don't organize my time well. I'm horrible. I wait til the last minute for everything. You?

Me: (Prepare for my Loquaciously Verbose response)


Your goals will be achieved if you write them on paper.

That's my motto.

But I'm doomed for failure if the goals turn into anything too structured (i.e daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly task lists). A bulleted list, maybe, with little stars or asterisks to note priority (high or low) is about all I can handle.

So my strategy is this:

Day 1:
- Take out a brightly colored post-it and fill it up with goals.
- Put the post-it somewhere prominent.
- Throughout the day, keep working to check things off the list.
- While working, think of other things to add to the list.
- At the end of the day, hang on to that post it note.

Day 2:
- Transfer whatever wasn't accomplished yesterday to today's post-it.
- Those are now today's goals.
- If you hadn't fucked around and wasted part of yesterday, you could have more new goals for today.
- Lazy ass.
- Throughout the day, keep working to check things off the list.
- While working, think of other things to add to the list.
- At the end of the day, hang on to that post it note.

My list grew and grew until it ended up on a piece of notebook paper that blends in with all the other notebook paper in and around my desk.

Right now my desk is a total disaster.

So my to-do list is buried amidst work notebooks, scraps of paper in a variety of colors (aka Notes-to-Self), sketches, colored pencils, mail, books, pottery, headphones, phones, ink pens, chap stick, my camera, a lamp, a couple of wigs, and more. (Dude, there's a lot of shit on my desk. Holy Fuck! I need to clean.)

I digress.

What were we talking about?

Oh yeah, how do you manage your time?

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Listening to: Man Man – Skin Tension
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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout-out! I am soooooo inspirational!

    Stephanie

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  2. I went to the same organizational school as you..I have my calander on my computer and I keep hitting the "snooze"..and then it gets too far off and I just hit delete..those 43 messages in my voicemail..I figure I'll delete them soon cause if I haven't called you back and you didn't call me back then it wasn't very important..was it?

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  3. LOL... time management? I don't even know what that is. I've heard it's something responsible people do, though.

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  4. Ha! That's so me. I have a list of things to do - I love making lists. However, when it comes to actually executing, I get distracted and wind up starting 16 different projects and accomplishing nothing.

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