Discussion: Pfft. Time Management.

Posted April 23, 2015 by Keionda Lei Lewis in Blog, Discussion / 14 Comments

DiscussionWe’ve all had that feeling where we just DON’T want to do something. We dread finally doing it until putting it off a million times seems a thousands times more appeasing and do-able. You tell yourself you really should be doing it instead of picking up your book, or going out with friends.

But what do you really do?

You proudly put that thang off some more. That’s what you do.

For those of you that didn’t know, I’m a writer in the YA fantasy/romance area, a big time stresser and a proud procrastinator.

I’m also an epic fail at time management.

So, I thought I would put together a little skit that tells exactly what I do when procrastination hits me:

Me: “Oh, I have loads of time to finish that.” *Lock myself in my room and read all day*

                                                         -A couple of days later-

Me: “Holy. Crap. I still  have to do that thing.” Meh. *Shrugs and flips to another page of book-

                     -Hours later, with nose still in book. Peers at clock on the wall-

Me: “Ugh. Eff my life.” *Snaps Kindle closed and sighs in annoyance*

All in all, my whole day wasted away to a big pile of nothingness and what did I do?

I finished my book. That’s exactly what I did and it was darn good too. BUT that thing I’ve been dreading still needs to be done. *Fail*

What I do find that has been helpful is to break my things up that I have to do each day I to small increments or small goals each day. For example, this is what one of my lists may look like:

 

 

                                    Write- 2hr 

                                    Edit-2hr

                                    Blog-2hr

 

 

And this is how I break them up. If you want to get more technical with it you could even break them up into time send put the start time and then end time to be more exact. And to also make sure you finish at the time you’re supposed to. 😉

Now of course personal hygeine, family time, eating, etc. are all a part of the list. It’s an easy way to keep a track all the things I need to accomplish each day.

But you’ll be surprised at how much I’ve stopped procrastinating from just doing this. Also, I also like the feeling I get when I cross off a thing on my list.

What do you guys find that’s helpful when you’re too tired or your procrastination is hitting you like cra-zay?

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14 responses to “Discussion: Pfft. Time Management.

  1. I actually don’t break things down like that at all. For me, it changes day by day and I know for a fact that I wouldn’t spend two hours editing because I’m not at that stage yet. Plus, most of my day is for school.

    Procrastination is something that’s inevitable. No doubt. For me, I try to MAKE myself do it but that usually ends in me not doing anything. Sometimes, I’ll challenge myself to do something in a certain time frame and that way, it kind of gets done.

    • Hehe, I don’t always follow it because as you said, life gets in the way sometimes and most of the times things change so I do try to work around it. Soooo It’s hard. hehe And since you’re in school, all your concentration and work goes on school work making things a lot harder for you. I start back in the fall and am DREADING it. 🙁

  2. Heeeey Keionda 🙂

    I just came across your blog and I LOVE it :). It’s amazing ^.^ & btw I love those quotes. They are awesome 😀 Oh and I Grabbed your button and it’s in my favourites page. 🙂

  3. Take my Adderall? Lmao that’s not exactly an appropriate way to do it, so lemme think. I put stuff on my To Do List because I LOVE the feeling it brings me to cross it off. LMAO I need psychological help.

    • OMGEE. You and me both Sarah. I thought it was always just me that got that “I’m a total boss” feeling whenever I crossed off something on my TDL (To Do List) *Fist pumps air excitedly*

  4. This is so cool! Like you, I’m a total fail at time management. I totally do the “Oh, I’ll do it later” excuse. For example, I am supposed to be writing an essay right now, which I should probably get back to…

    • Hahaha! Jess, isn’t that just the truth? You keep telling yourself you’re going to do it and that just makes you NOT want to do it even more!
      I hope all went well with your essay and you found the time to do it and didn’t just say, “Oh, I’ll do it later,” excuse. Tee hee.

  5. *snort* Yeah, reading is a big procrastination crutch for me too, but I discovered the same thing you did. If it looks big, ugly, and hairy, break it up into smaller bits.

  6. If I had no full time job, my whole day would be spent reading. Sigh.

    Nowadays, I can’t keep a schedule. But I know that if I don’t do any writing/blogging at least for an hour or two at night, I get behind immediately. I cope.