Making Time

“Time like the wind
Goes a hurrying by and the hours just fly
Where to begin…” John Rowles, OBE  New Zealand singer 1947 –

Clock

Time ticking away

I read this post a few days ago and while I was intrigued and interested in its content I was literally blown away at the number of comments the blogger had received.  How would I ever find time to respond to 427 comments?   While I do know that she doesn’t always get this number but my mind still boggles at the thought.

Time is elusive.  We all have the same amount of it – 24 hours every day.  So how do we use that time?

Since I started blogging I find that more and more of my time is taken up reading other people’s blogs.  And while I don’t have nearly as many comments as 427 to respond to, I always make time to respond to those I do receive.

One of my biggest negative beliefs was that I never had enough time.  I have been working on that and over many years I have compiled a long list of suggestions on how to effectively manage my time.  Some have been very useful and some not so.  Those that I have found useful include:

  • Ask yourself what is the best use of my time right now?
  • Concentrate on only one thing at a time
  • Do it now.  Handle each piece of paper once only.  Deal with it and then move on
  • Finish the things you start.  Having 10 things 90% complete causes chaos and stress
  • Do like things at the same time.  Make a list of phone calls.  Block off the time in your journal and make all the calls then
  • Be clear about priorities.  Clearly mark each item on the To Do List A B or C.  Do the As first, then the Bs and you may find the Cs fall off the list and don’t need to be done.
  • Take your organizer to appointments with doctors, dentists, etc.  You can then use the waiting time usefully
  • Keep systems simple.  Complex systems are cumbersome and difficult to maintain
  • Check emails only three times a day.  Have you ever noticed just how much time can be spent reading and responding to emails?
  • Keep a log of what you do each day, phone calls etc.  It can save you loads of time when you want to remember what you said to whom.

These things work for me – but not, I would hasten to add if I had over 400 comments to respond to.  In the event that I ever received that many comments on one post I would probably have to devote the whole day just to making the responses.  But that’s quite a goal to reach for.

White rabbit with watch

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“I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.  No time to say “Hello.”  Goodbye.  I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.”  The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland

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19 responses to “Making Time

  1. Another “writing blog” that drew me onto the end. 🙂
    I read reply comments as they appear in my inbox and delete them then leave the new post e-mails to sit there until I can read them.
    I do love the little windows into other people’s worlds … they have so many new smiles in then 😀

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  2. I love reading and adding comments to blogs… I must confess I’ve found that with blog comments, time has not been on my side; I have comments to respond to. But it does get done eventually… just not on everyone’s expected time. It’s all good! 🙂

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  3. By the way, the post you mentioned now has close to 1000 comments! 🙂

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    • OMG – however is she going to deal with that?
      I guess we do have a commitment to respond to comments, but it has to be in our time not somebody else’s.

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  4. Thanks for the good thoughts… imagine 427 comment… wow… if I had that many in a month I’d be over the moon… and stars! 😀
    I restrict myself to only a few blogs per day… that way I don’t spent all day reading and site hoping! 😉

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  5. jacquelincangro

    These are some great time management tips.
    I know this one to be true for me: “Having 10 things 90% complete causes chaos and stress.” That makes me feel so scattered. Like right now… 🙂

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    • Taken me many years and I still don’t always get it right. For instance now I am looking at a messy study – started to clear it and then thought of breakfast. Nothing completed.

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  6. That’s a great list Judith. Time management can be such a challenge. I once thought that when I stopped working it would not be an issue but is even more so since I don’t want to waste it.

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  7. “Finish the things you start. Having 10 things 90% complete causes chaos and stress.” This is an excellent one. I’m often guilty of having too many things on the go.

    I can’t imagine responding to 427 comments, although something tells me I likely won’t have to worry about that.. 😉

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    • I am guilty of starting too many things also. But keep reminding mysrlf to finish one thing before starting another. And I don’t suppose I shall have to worry about 427 comments in day – however on 30 July she apparently had 1000 comments.

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  8. Good suggestions for time management. My biggest issue is focusing and getting started. I like the use of ABCs to designate priority.

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  9. TheIdiotSpeaketh

    Where does the time go? If you find an answer, please let me know. I have been a stay-at-home Dad for 12 years and still never have enough time to finish and complete anything. Everyone else wonders why I can’t get anything done….since I’m home all day and have “nothing else to do”…. I just need about 4 more hours in the day and I might catch myself up. 🙂

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  10. I’m pretty sure my chaotic disorderliness breaks probably every single one of your rules. I’m terrible at time management, but I’m slowly (slowly!) getting better.

    But I definitely don’t stress out about it anymore, which makes a huge difference. Underneath the chaos is a certain order, and, more often than not, somehow, by miracle, it works for me, and sticking with something that works is usually better than trying to follow something else that just doesn’t fit.

    I shall always bow down in reverence to those who manage their time in a fashion that seems to make sense to other people. 🙂

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  11. Thanks – I now no longer stress about time. I find having some ‘rules’ helps keep me on track. And I think everybody just lives and runs their life and time in their own way. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

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