Making the wrong decision scares the heck out of me. Thing is, in order to grow (and move forward), I can’t just say yes to everything…or do nothing.
My saving grace (on some days) and reminder, came in the form of something from a review:
Some examples of the power of saying ‘No’:
Author’s Note: I intentionally keep entries short — elaboration and rants reserved for individual conversations (including those who reach out to me).
Allow yourself to play and follow your interests. I know it is a challenge to quantify what you get back when you veer off to other things and spend less time on your work…
…somehow it just pays itself over!
I granted myself a bit of ‘play’ when I came across an idea: ‘take a section I like — and do an electronic version of Austin Kleon’s Newspaper Blackout series’.
Here is the result:
Now…how did that exercise pay me back?
- An idea for a song
- Future topic for a blog post
- a reminder of the importance of showing my work to others — because…I might just find (at least) another person that likes it too!
More Brain food? Check these out!
Oh…one last thing? Make sure you are REALLY in a rut (or due for a break) when you do these! Please…please…please…(I’m begging you!)…veer away from the temptation to keep doing these exercises…(and other things you find)….unless you have gone back to what you need to finish that hour, day, or week.
I do like to hear which ones resonate with you the most (and also which ones have given you ‘more back’). Drop me a line will you? 🙂
The problem with having all the good intentions of ‘time management’ by tracking down each task, is at times, other tasks meld into it (like looking at pictures/videos of cute faces of dogs, puppies, and cats).
When it happens to me, my time tracking sheet ends up looking like:
- 1:32 PM – 1:45 PM – Check WNE Facebook responses
- 1:45 PM – 2:10 PM – Lunch
- 2:10 PM – 5:45 PM – Check email (whoops! got distracted a LOT here!)
- 5:45 PM – 6:10 PM – Exercise Time
Because I tend to have multiple tabs open at a time (those ideas have to be caught when they drift in!), I’ve found myself getting a thought…wanting to watch a quick video (to make sure it is the one I wanted to forward)…then ending up losing an hour or two while on my ‘check mail task’.
My solution to minimise this happening is to set a 20 minute timer, and to make sure that I vary my tasks between 20-40 minutes (to avoid sitting for long stretches of time). This way I can escape the hold of those cute furry faces (or even an interesting article or essay — as I would be best to catch up on it later).
…of course sometimes it doesn’t work as well…and I drift towards…well…what ‘feels good to watch’ (again…like cute furry faces that make you smile and go ‘awwww…’)
If I get frustrated when I have those moments when I realise that I’ve lost track of time or have not invested it wisely. One of the quotes I’d turn to would be from a review of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ — which was written by Mark Hughes:
Need me to be your timer (maybe not every 20 minutes…maybe just to check how you are doing)? Say the word…um…I mean…send me your message here! 😀
Being able to track the time you spend on a task not only stops you from having no idea where the rest of your day went, it also could serve as inspiration — if you do want to find ways to invest the next (unplanned) 2 hours when you are free.
For the Q&A, the approximate time I have in my head at the moment is that it takes me approximately 10 hours to finish one. This includes:
- Question Prep
Thing is, if I do want to improve myself in terms of where (and how) I invest my time — just approximate numbers wouldn’t do. So I’m now tracking the time I spend on each Q&A.
Some things that may help with your own relationship with time management:
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Here are a couple of articles that give perspective on the different kinds of value we can give others:
- Something other than money – Joshua and Ryan (The Minimalists) outlines a number of things (like providing a new perspective or giving your full attention) that we don’t necessarily think of when providing value.
- Asking the recipient – this Inc article notes that at times it just comes down to the question: “How can I help?”
- Be consistent – this entry from Bob Burg‘s blog could be applied from how consistent blog posts are to how much you check-in with individuals within your circle.
Looking forward to hear something you’ve received of value, that the giver didn’t even know how much you treasured it! (To start 2015 — did you tell them how much that gesture meant to you?)
How to make your drum track sound much, much better? Mix it with another track! 🙂
Here’s one with just the drums:
After adding Rhythm Guitar
Somehow, the guitar track balances the drums — and even made it sound quite studio-y.