Generally speaking, I’m a pretty good time manager. If you tell me to have something done by a certain date or time it will be done. At work, I’m an extremely efficient worker. This comes from years of being a project manager and knowing exactly what it takes to get projects done. I’m organized and able to think through what needs to be done efficiently.
But…(you knew there was a giant but coming, right?) in my personal life and with school work I suck at time management. This might just be due to the fact that I am extremely busy. I work full-time, run, am taking 3 summer classes, working 4 hours a week at the running store, etc. The list goes on and on.
I’m finding a lot of conflicts in my schedule lately. I know that I can get everything done, but I need to manage my time better and accept the fact that I’m too busy to do certain things. Besides all of the other things I have going on, I also have a really hard time saying no. If a friend invites me somewhere, I will almost always say yes when looking at it I do not have the time. Losing four hours to “hanging out” is a luxury that I don’t have right now.
Would I like to have drinks with my friends and hang out? You better believe it. It sure as hell beats reading about Michelangelo or women’s suffrage on a Friday night, but I’m so close to finishing up this degree that I can taste it. If that means that sometimes I need to cancel on people (as I will be doing tonight) or saying no then so be it. I should be free in about 10 weeks.
I spent the morning getting some reading done. I’ll be able to get a quick run in this evening and then settle in for a nice long night of homework. I’ve got well over 100 pages to read, 2 movies to watch, 3 discussion questions, and a 3 page paper due on Monday. Mix in 3-4 runs, a weight session, working at the running store, and trying to get chores done this weekend and my weekend is full. (I suppose I need to hang out with Gio at some point too. He’s sitting under my desk looking up at me through the glass. Way to make me feel guilty dog!)
Do you ever find yourself in full on work mode? No time to go out and enjoy things. Busy, busy, busy at all times? If so, how do you handle getting things done?