I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you
do, but when you do them. Timing is everything. – Dan Millman
This quote I found recently and I think it’s very interesting… Especially to someone like me who struggles with time management. It just doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m a ‘Lazy Geek’. I like being organised but I can’t stick to a routine or do things on time. It’s not like I lack punctuality when it comes to meeting with people or going to work. I make sure I set-off well early as to not to upset the other person; even if it’s my friends.
(Unfortunately I don’t get the same treatment from them; usually having to wait at least half-an-hour before we meet. But don’t take this as a complaint, I love you guys, regardless of your short-comings.)
So as I was saying, I find it beyond difficult to manage my time but only when it comes to doing little tasks that I find boring. I like to think, I’ll leave it for the evening or the next day and it really impacts my life. When I do try to get things done, I end up doing a little bit of a lot of things and not competing any one thing. Had a lot of trouble with it during my training for work-life as well. Failed miserably for several weeks.
From this marvelous quote by Dan Millman, it teaches me to put my priorities first. Truth be told, we can do anything if we put our mind to it. No task is too difficult. There are tasks that are impossible so I’m discounting those. If anybody tells you nothing is impossible, they’re just lying. Some tasks are definitely impossible, even without using the ‘staple jelly to a tree’ as an example. (Although I just did…)
Although we can do anything, we can’t do everything all at the same time. So making a list of what needs to be done first and what comes next makes it much easier to get the important things done. This is something that is vital when it comes to balancing your daily life against the time you spend upon your blog.
When I get a new project, I have this bad habit of prioritising all my time to it, without even thinking of all the other things that need to be done. So a little piece of advice… Make sure you handle the important things first so that you don’t have to worry about them when you sit down to write. Having said, I feel like such a hypocrite because I have several important things lying on my desk waiting to be done. I was feeling inspired at the time so I thought, let’s get this thought down onto paper first.
See how much I prioritise blogging over other things in life? Yeah, it’s bad and I’m totally addicted to this.
My first priority after finishing this post is to make a priority list.
This is a Time Management Matrix which you can use to prioritise your tasks in level of importance and when they need to be done. For all you procrastinators out there, use it. It’s a MUST!
So yeah, this is a piece of advice to all bloggers out there and anybody in general who struggles with time like me. First and foremost it’s for myself, just so I don’t feel like a hypocrite for even putting this out there but I feel that often, people don’t really pay much detail to it but managing time is a difficult task and it takes time to build that skill just like everything else.
If you’re really good at time management, don’t take it for granted. Trust me, some people don’t have it easy.