- Wasted time at work. One of the challenges of my job is that I have a lot of unstructured time. This is, of course, amazing and contributes to my overall feeling of happiness and well-being. I am someone who hates to have deadlines hanging over me, so to be able to cross projects off my list months in advance and work on my own timeline is a must for me, BUT. This also means that the shame spiral part of my process is generally left unchecked. It's really hard to NOT waste time. And I don't mean staring out the window or screwing around on the Internet. I mean, checking email 60,000 times a day or prepping a class so far in advance that when I go to teach it, I have not idea what the hell I am supposed to be saying. Stuff like that. But also the other stuff, too. And then I wind up coming home from work feeling like a failure and super defensive because Ben makes more money that I do and teaches more classes than I do, and my wasted time could have been his productive time. I think these feelings we be naturally lessened next year when we both have a lot of unfettered work time thanks to the magic of kids growing up. But still. I want to turn over a new leaf in terms of wasting time at the office. Here's how I think I can do it:
- To-Do list with the day clearly mapped
- Tackle the stuff I do not want to do first
- Set clear writing goals so I don't feel overwhelmed and then justified in my time-wasting
- Be proud of the all of the irons I have in the fire
- Stop spending all of my time with the low-hanging fruit
- GET OUT OF THE OFFICE and take a walk around the block or to the coffee shop up the street or to the lake. Sure, the weather has sucked, but it won't always, and I can facilitate this by making sure I have comfy shoes stashed in a drawer.
Anybody have any advice for how to be more productive when you have lots of unstructured time?
- Baby longing. Don't get me wrong, I would still love to be pregnant. But I can't let this distract me from the magic of the kids right now this second. Some days I am better at this than other days. My kids are really fun and funny right now, and I think we are in a sweet spot. No one is hormonal yet (except for me) and everyone is a pretty good time. I need to spend more time in the moment. You know what's helping? Instastories. Weird, right?
- Fear of flying. I am toying with this one. There are friends I want to visit and beaches I want the kids to see. What if I just decided not to be scared anymore? Is that a thing?