January is usually the beginning of what most of us see as a fresh start…the parties and holidays have come to a close and it’s time to move on to New Year’s Resolutions and goals for the year.
As January comes to an end, I reflect on those New Year’s Resolutions that I made. I’m not usually that into making resolutions, I feel like it’s setting myself up for failure because I usually don’t stick to them.
My biggest resolution and goal for 2014: I decided I would start really using my calendar/planner. I always try, but I usually fail. I am ALWAYS late, always.
I made the decision that scheduling “office hours” was a MUST. “Office Hours” is my big 2014 Resolution and goal. I can do “Office Hours” and I can be on time!
Scheduling Office Hours is something I’ve heard of from many successful people in the blogging world. I’ve never succeeded at making office hours work for me. I really do believe that office hours are essential to being successful, organized and less frazzled when working from home, like most bloggers do. When I’m at home, I always get distracted, I always find myself moving on to something else, not completing one task but starting another.
This is a weakness of mine, which usually leads to me being late for the next thing that I’m committed to. At the beginning of this month, before I went to bed (most nights) I got out my old school paper calendar/planner and scheduled my day for the following day.
It went a little something like this…
7:30 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.: Take the girls to school.
8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.: “ME” time-eat breakfast, take a shower and pick up the house a bit.
930 A.M. to 1130 A.M.: “Office Hours”-Two hours dedicated to this blog.
11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.: House/Family-Two hours reserved for whatever pressing issues and chores are currently the most important. This time is usually spent on cleaning the house, doing laundry, prepping for dinner and errands.
2:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.: Pick up the girls from school.
Now, this worked really well for a couple of weeks…I was really motivated and felt great about it. I felt successful and was actually getting things accomplished without feeling so darn stressed out all the time.
I was even ON TIME for almost all of my commitments.
Confession: I’ve had a few slip-ups. I blame that on just being human and imperfect. There have been days where I simply don’t even look at my planner and think to myself, “I’ve got this…I know what I have to do and when I have to do it.” I’m wrong though. The days I don’t depend on my planner for my scheduled-out windows of time are the days that I feel most overwhelmed and get the least amount accomplished. AND these are the days you can count on me being late.
So, I’ve accepted it, I’m worthless without a little planning and guidance from my good ‘ol pen and paper. My new goal is to embrace that I have recognized my weakness and found a tool to help!
How do you stay productive, organized and on time? I would love to hear how you make it all work…leave me a comment, it will make my day!