Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Time Management, Otherwise Known As Procrastination

I'm sure in the past I've had a post on this before, but this topic becomes increasingly relevant as the semester goes on. Firstly, let me just let you in a little secret that is going to make you feel better about your life. This week, I've been trying to wean myself off Facebook by using it as a reward for doing homework and timing myself when I'm on it. Did you catch that? Yeah, I am just that lame and addicted.

My life just became a lot more busy because I got promoted to copy chief for the newspaper I work at. I'm a boss in-training of people now! Theoretically, I could even FIRE people, but of course, I'm not that mean (and I'd probably need a semi-legitimate reason to fire anyone, but you know. MINOR DETAILS in the larger scheme of my AWESOME AUTHORITY). I even get to hire an assistant this week. I am so legit. I have underlings! Anyway, I thought that I would be taking over next semester, after I get training and stuff, right? Well, obviously I thought wrong. The new desk editors take over after spring break, which means I have a grand total of two and a half weeks to get my shit together and learn my new (time consuming!) job. So when we come back, all of us will be running around "like chickens with our heads cut off"* trying to figure out how to not make the paper tank.

Did I mention that I'm not even a journalism major? Apparently, I am a glutton for extra hours and responsibility and getting yelled at for failures. 

Also, I joined another fashion show. Because I'm an addict and all my friends are doing it, and I fall quickly to peer pressure like that. Plus, I have all of these pretty new clothes! More excuses to wear them!

What I'm wondering now, is how am I supposed to write with all of this stuff I'm juggling? The answer is I haven't in nearly two weeks now, and I promised at least a fan fiction update yesterday. Whoops. I don't know when that's going to happen. I have two midterms coming up. I want to start a new project, but I don't know how I'm going to dedicate any serious time to it with the way my schedule is running at the moment. 

I'm sure many of you are busy people too, with jobs and children and a whole host of responsibilities that I don't even want to contemplate. How do you do it? The first thing I'm starting with is trying to not be on Facebook as much, if that counts as a step. I'm trying and kind of failing!

*quote by my friend, the news editor, and I think it appropriately sums up how well I'm going to handle it when I take over.


  1. Ha! I just wrote a post about it, but my reason for poor time management is so lame, I'm embarrassed to post it now.

    Congrats on the promotion! My dream is to have underlings...oh, wait, there's OrRyanGosling. He's clearly so beneath me (or, you know, too famous to actually know I exist) that I can't even remember him.

  2. You know you've got it made when you've got minions. :p

    Balancing is hard. Some days I do better than others, but it all comes down to what's on top of my list of priorities. I also set goals with tangible (or virtual--get to play with the farm or café) rewards for completing them.

    Good luck finding that balance!

  3. Congrats on the promo. Minions are always good, particularly if they can help you take over the world. I don't have any answers for you about prioritization (since I fail at it all the time), but good luck :)

  4. Congrats on having underlings! Always fun! :) Just watch out for those power rushes.

    I'm not the person to ask about time management. I'm like half zombie most of the time. You pose a good question here though, which may become a blog post since I'm at a loss for ideas this week (and I'm too pooped to think of anything more interesting). Shall have to ponder...

  5. I feel your pain. I'm such a procrastinator. I even procrastinate on blogging. @_@ I gave up fanfiction reading for lent because it's one of my prime targets for procrastination actually. I think it's good you're timing yourself on Facebook. I should probably do that, too. I'm so happy for you about your new position at the paper! Congrats!

  6. Congratulations! An assistant even! Woo-hoo!

    It's hard to get everything done. No secrets here, just take advantage of the little pockets of time that creep up. Fifteen minutes could mean a page written.

  7. Yay for the job! Enjoy having underlings :D

    Procrastination - I don't cut facebook, because I'm not even on it. I do restrict blogging/twitter to one day a week (and not the entire day either). Which adds, in theory (minus unexpected events) 1-2 extra hours just for writing each day. There are ways to create more time...not that it's easy to cut some of what we do.