Didnt know were to post this really so here seemed as good as any until I find out otherwise.
At the minute I really dont have enough hours in the day and time seems to pass in a total blink of an eye, I dont know what to do to make better use of my time and I thought I'd ask for suggestions.
I've used the apportioning of time to specific things and structuring my day really strictly with set times for breaks, lunch and keeping an eye on the time to make sure that I'm not taking too long for these things. That helped to a certain extent and I think I actually got more done than if I'd taken my coffee at my desk or eaten my lunch while working, which I still have to do sometimes.
I've also spent less time with colleagues from the neighbouring office talking too, that has provided more time but I find that I'll need to have the radio on or listen to a podcast so stop from going mad. These things are distracting but only mildly so, I can write, redraft or type replies to e-mails but I cant read with either of them in the background.
I've planned my days in terms of journeys so that I can do a couple in a day or do visits and still have meetings or other tasks in the same day. Although I did three different meetings in a row going from one to the other one day and that wasnt good, I'd not repeat that given a choice to be honest.
This probably gives the impression that this is just a work thing, it isnt, I remember obsessing about it a while back and talking about limiting/restricting my time online, time spent watching TV (which unfortunately I've found is a family time thing in our house now, so restricting that means I wind up spending less time with parents) or watching DVDs, visiting the cinema and that didnt really work out. I just hate if I sit down to write my journal for the day and realise I cant really write anything.
Someone told me to start going to sleep real early, unless I'm spending time with friends and get up and go running or to the gym around six in the morning and start the day that way. They swear by the idea and say that they get double the work done or things accomplished before twelve mid day that way than they would getting up at around nine and attribute it to day light and biology and stuff. What does anyone think, is that just hokum? What's your experience?
I try not to obsess about this and really I'm nothing like I once was, although I do get from different quarters, work, social, senior and subordinate, feedback that I should just put the brakes on and spend less time actively doing stuff. I can bare that and even deliver that but all it'll take is someone cracking wise or jibbing that I'm lazy or have an easy time working/am lazy and it sets me off like firecracker.
(I have intentionally tried to write this using language like an older person)