I’m busy right now — like most people these days. There are times when I feel completely overwhelmed, but if I break it down, there’s a lot of time wasted in my day.
Social media is one time-sucker. I enjoy Facebook. I love that a lot of my cousins, extended family and old friends are there. People I might not always keep up with are there. One thing I dislike are those who share their dirty laundry. I love having celebrations on Facebook: birthdays, and most recently, my wedding anniversary. My husband and I so loved seeing those special messages of love and congratulations.
But I’m certainly not going to go on Facebook and talk about the bad day on the job, the trouble my kids are in (not mine — thankfully, my kids are doing great!), or even go on political rants.
I want to celebrate life on Facebook. But not everyone feels that way.
Others get caught up in Twitter, email, or even daytime television! (I’ve been guilty of all of that in the past). Distractions are all around us.
So, how do you organize your day so you’re making the best use of your time? For me, a calendar with a to-do list is essential. Prioritizing that list is also a must. Even with that, there must be flexibility in my day, for the unexpected crisis or unexpected event.
I will admit there are days when I’m much better at staying on task than others. And I seem to work better with a looming deadline. I am trying to have a “work ahead” mentality so I’m not always under the pressure of a deadline. We’ll see. I guess I continue to be a “work in progress.”
Also, I believe you must have balance. I will have busy days, but I schedule my time around the gym, and coffee dates with friends. I will make time for Bible study and church, and the occasional date night with my hubby.
Life is precious. I don’t want to feel like I’m wasting time. I want to do my job well, and I want to love my family and friends well. In order to do that, I need to find the balance between work, distractions and family/friends. I’m not always successful, but it’s something worth striving for.
What about you? Do you have any organizational tips? Time management ideas? How do you find your balance?