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For many, this is an easy decision to make. By Friday, plans for Saturday have already been laid out and for some it’s a day to ‘chill out’ , maybe catch up on whatever Sports or TV shows they missed during a hectic week and so on. Thanks for DVR and Netflix, Amazon TV, HBO, etc. yay! Others have classes to attend, other hobbies to enjoy, kids to bring to extra curricular activities, errands to make, friends and relatives to hang out with.
Not that I cannot do all that or that there’s anything wrong with all the cool things, but Saturdays sometimes create a weird sense of guilt in me … Continue reading
Here working on a project and all I am thinking is, “Why is it that when I first started on this I was so excited and motivated, but 4 hours later I feel overwhelmed and cannot stand my work area?”
Well, it’s the clutter that builds up as I find one more notepad to reference to, another computer or device I need to connect, and oh, the cup I am drinking out of to keep myself hydrated, etc! All over a sudden my bag is wide open, my cellphone(s) are right in front of me so I don’t miss that important call, and sure, the TV remote found its way to my work desk so I can switch between TV channels…
Over time, I’ve realized that keeping an acceptably clear, neat workspace allows me to do a lot more within the same amount of time. Few things I’m learning to do better…
- Quickly list everything I have in mind to work on, on a notepad or on a notepad application page on my phone/ other device, from the get-go. (Nothing super fancy- just keep it simple.)
- Only keep materials I need at a specific stage of the project within reach/sight. (If I have time, I will organize each material set prior to starting my work, so it’s easy to access whenever I’m ready to get it to my work desk)
- Take beverage and food intake breaks and also use them to stretch out or listen to something fun and unrelated to my project.
- Keep the phone at a distance and just customize the ringtone (or message sound profile) so I know when the awaited call comes in. Keep it at a moderate volume, enough to hear it go off, but not too distracting especially for calls and messages that can wait. Email notifications, I’ll keep on ‘silent’ and check/ scan at very regulated times.
- Avoid any Social Media engagements, because I’m not so good at ignoring people especially when I think they might genuinely need an immediate response. Responding can cause distraction and can create a sense of ‘mental clutter’ caused by multitasking. If I’m caught right before I sign off to start my project, I’ll write them a quick ‘lets chat later’ and sign off, out of courtesy.
- During project breaks, I do a quick cleanup to create space for the next stage of the work day/ project. I make effort to keep simple containers into which I return my ‘done using’ items. This is helpful for items/materials that I might need to use again along the way.
- I have found unplugging and putting devices irrelevant to the present stage of the project away until I need them again, so I’m not having to deal with cords and the devices themselves when trying to access the ones I’m actively working with.
These are some of my strategies. I’m sure different folks have different strategies about workspace clutter-management. Yes, there are people who are not affected by clutter around their work area. For some other people, it’s inevitable to have a cluttered work area at any given time, especially when the total square footage is limited. Others are lucky they own big space and can walk away from one cluttered area and not have to look at it the rest of the day. The more space (the lucky ones have) available, the less likely the place will look cluttered. Either way, for my sanity, big space or small space, minimal tidiness enables me to do more with the same or less time.
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I wish my warm covers were over me right now. I wish I was waking up to realize it was just 1:00 am and then quickly snuggle back under my covers.
Instead, I am sitting with my laptop on my lap (isn’t that where it belongs, anyway?) Hoping I can get halfway into my project’s goal plan before my eyes close for the night, I am taking a quick moment to self- distract via this post. Part of it is a result of procrastination. Things add up and catch up with us at a time when we least want them to. I can hear someone judge me for being lazy, unfocused, negligent or just being a poor personal time manager. No, that’s not the case! I just failed to recognize what I had to prioritize over the other. I was working hard all along, but the timelines and deadlines were not well orchestrated.
What am I trying to say, before I return to my, yet, long night?
- Much as we would like to impress, let’s learn to promise just as much we can deliver regardless of what opinions we fear might be formed about us.
- It’s okay to have more than we can handle, but it’s very important that we prioritize and concentrate on what’s more urgent ( temporarily blocking out important, but less urgent tasks) .
- If we can’t make the deadline, unless it’s a make-or-break situation, it’s better we promptly update the expecting party about our shortcomings and delays, and then diligently work towards delivering according to our renegotiated deadline. That way, quality and integrity may always equally maintained.
- Treat ourselves to a rewarding sleep-in if we think we overstretched ourselves for a while and it might deplete us of our creative and physical energy. And oh, yes, get that one dish we promised to treat ourselves to once we complete a major gruesome project.
Shhhh… here I am reaching out for the poor kettle again so I can make myself one more delicious cup of coffee to see me though that final round of the night. If you’re reading this at this moment (and you’re within my time zone) chances are we have a similar routine or PROBLEM? Yes, PROBLEM!
The best thing of all is that I work in my PJs so I can just fall asleep anytime and will not have any apologies (to myself) come dawn.
Sometimes, this is ME some mornings!!!
I wake up and just want to get things done. I had the same feeling this morning and off I went to my PC and started to create something to inspire myself and others. Yes you will soon see what I created!
Most important to me is that we all move from a place where we seek acceptance to where we are inevitably accepted. Let’s stop trying to fake it ’til we make it!
Seems like much to ask for, but all we need need to do is to get the job done- within ourselves, and without. Is that too much to ask for? Not really.
So, let’s do it! Have a fabulous weekend!!! Stay focused…if you can!