I had a mini-meltdown a few Saturdays ago, the themes of which were why don’t I take better care of myself and there is not enough time in the day to do all the things.
Hashtag sad face emoji.
I’ve previously posted about LauraVanderkam’s wonderful TED Talk (you can read that post here) about gaining control of your free time. And I’ve been thinking about Vanderkam’s work non-stop lately.
During my commute, I’ve been listening to an audiobook version of her ebook What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and at Home. It’s pretty great. One of my biggest takeaways so far has been about fantastic weekends – as in, they don’t just happen. A fantastic weekend requires planning. And for No Plans KEM, as I sometimes call myself, that is a huge bummer.
But, it makes sense. If we want to live rich, full lives, we sometimes have to plan ahead. Otherwise, per Vanderkam, we end up spending half the weekend making plans for the rest of the weekend. Which is INEFFICIENT.
I’ve been digesting that tip lately and thinking about how to best plan ahead. I’m all about maximizing my time lately.
I’ve also been tracking how I spend my time in a log, using a tool from lauravanderkam.com – so I’ll be writing down what I’m doing, in fifteen-minute increments, for a week. So that I can answer the question, “What the heck do I do with the 168 hours I have each week?”
One of the reasons for my Saturday meltdown was that I have NOT been able to make time for writing since the beginning of 2017. And I really, really want to be able to make this a part of my regular routine. This morning is the first time I’ve sat down with my laptop in days. UNACCEPTABLE.
So – I’ll make some plans. It’ll be great.
Lessons Learned: It’s okay t0 plan ahead. It’s a good way to prioritize and maximize your time.