Time (mis)Management

Boy, time flies! I hope everyone out there has been safe during these uncertain times. I have been slammed with work and projects. Nothing will make you forget about all the craziness that’s going on in the world faster than staying ridiculously busy. Whether it’s processing transcripts for production or installing that new bidet (honestly guys, it’s worth a look), I have been nonstop moving since my last post. As much as I accomplished, there was a lot that I left on the table. Here are some lessons I learned:

  • Calendaring is more important than you think. For a while, I was living off the seat of my seven day work week. If it was past my immediate detailed list of events, I brushed it off as too far in the future for consideration. This method worked well when there was more structure in my life, but every day I find that structure deteriorating. You would think that a “Groundhog’s Day” scenario would only increase routine. Still, I find myself desperately searching for something different to do every day, resulting in many half-finished projects scattered around my mind. About two weeks ago, I updated my whole calendar/task system, and I’ve drastically seen my productivity produce.
  • Exercise is more necessary than ever. So long goes the adage, “I would work out more if I only had the time.” I have the time, and I’m not working out more. Oddly, I’m working out less. Since I’ve been avoiding the gym, I’m stuck using the same walking paths, the same yoga spot, the same everything, and it’s challenging to find the motivation. I’m thankful that I have an iWatch, which very politely tells me how physically inactive I’ve become since three months ago. As motivating as those haptics can be, I’m more interested in the raw data. It’s shocking how many calories someone burns going to the office or walking around a department store. Missing out on those regular activities can turn your body to mush real quick.
  • Weekends still exist. Those of us who work from our computers are learning how to compartmentalize being on and off the clock. When that big monitor is always staring at you, it’s so easy to walk over and press a spacebar, load up the desktop, and check your emails. It’s much harder to create that invisible barrier between work and home, but that’s why it’s so much more important. My advice is to plan your workday and stick to that plan. Make it a habit to always end at a specific time. For me, it’s dinner time. I don’t do any work after that.

That’s all for now. I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Also, if you have the chance, don’t be afraid to learn something new. It doesn’t have to be big, but when the whole world is in as much a transition as it is, it can create a perfect opportunity for you to transition with it. Be well 😊.

“No one gets fridge magnets for the travel this summer,
because the season we have gone too far.
And for all the trips you make inwards,
there are no souvenirs and no postcards.”
 – Jasleen Kaur Gumber

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