Thoughts on Too Many Things
One thing that bugs me is when someone tries to do too many things.
Why? Because when someone does a bunch of different things and tries to do them all well, usually they don’t all get done very well at all.
You may be wondering what prompted his kind of thinking in my mind today. The truth is, I wonder if I am falling into this trap myself. I’m asking myself, am I doing so many things that I really am not doing a great job at any of them?
Here is My Dilemma
The dilemma that I am facing, if you want to call it that, is that I am running out of day light. I’m finding that if I do all the things that I need to do every day… it gets to be pretty late till I get home in the evening.
While that isn’t necessarily a huge problem for me [I’m single] it is, I think, going to be a recipe for burning myself out. In fact I already feel tired of doing some of the things that I do on a regular basis. Posting every day of the week has a way of doing that. Especially when those posts need to happen and it’s 6 pm and they still aren’t written.
I do enjoy what I’m doing, so instead of thinking about ways to do less [number wise], I want to start thinking about how I can do a better job of time management. At the end of the day, if I’m honest with myself, I could probably be smarter about how I spend my time.
A Few Over Arching Ideas
I’ve written before about productivity and how to get more done. I think I’ve started to slip away from some of those basic principles. There are a number of things that I believe are going to be essential to getting all my work done in less time.
- I need to get back into working through a “daily to do” list. I’ve been doing a better job of that recently again… in fact if you’d like a copy of my daily schedule… you can download it right here.
- I’m going to have to do a better job of tuning my world. What I mean is there are so many distractions in my regular day, Email. Phone. Facebook. Twitter. RSS reader. And a number of others. I truly need to put these things in their “boxes” and make them work for me instead of sabotaging the structure of my day.
- I’m also going to need to do more writing at home. I try to get to my office by 9 a.m. each morning, which means I should have an hour and a half, or so, after I get up to work a blog post. I’ve also found some success writing in the evenings in the past. I should probably do more of that too. The biggest challenge here is that I don’t have internet at my house, so some of the posts for PhotoSiteWP are a bit theoretical till I can work through them with an actual internet connection.
And really. I think those three things are the key to me getting all of the things done each day that I need to. If I make it too difficult I’ll spend more time working on the idea of getting work done that I do on the actually getting work done.
What kinds of things do you struggle with as you try to get through the pile of duties that call your name every day?