Are you time-poor? Trying to cram too many different projects into one day, like me?
Dashing from school drop-off to supermarket to work to post office in lunch hour to work to dentist to home to sport to home to dance class to home to personal emails to social media to relax to bed?
That makes me feel crazy…
But what about all the time we spend staring at our computer or phone screens? A friend posted the other day that he deals with 100-1000 emails A DAY; that would feel like a pressure band round my skull.
And have you seen the work of Eric Pickersgill?
He photoshops out all the smartphones; you MUST check it out HERE. I don’t want to turn into a vacuous, staring monster, but I feel like I do sometimes.
These are the subjects I regularly have to juggle when I’m in front of my computer at home, which I’m sure are similar to yours:
- Personal emails
- Work-related emails
- WordPress blog reading & commenting
- My own blog posts
- Answering blog comments
- Social media for blog
- Social media for my friends
- Generalized internet activity (news/YouTube worm holes/Netflix etc)
Today, I decided to try a different approach for only 50 minutes at a time. I set a timer, pretending to wear one specific hat, to deal with one specific topic, e.g. Mum’s care arrangements in the UK. When the timer dinged, I swapped hats and cycled up to the Hardware to buy a replacement light bulb for the kitchen which has been on that goddamn To Do list for at least 6 months.
Now I’m doing 50 mins of creative blogging.
When the timer goes, I’ll drop this, & start preparing dinner for the ever-ravenous teenager, in my tall white chef’s hat.
Then it’s going to be another block of writing, but for my overdue online romance homework.
I can’t wait to see how much I achieve (hopefully), and more importantly, how I feel at the end of the day.
What do you think? Any other tips or suggestions?
With gratitude, G x