I have my good days, but I do struggle with managing my time. I blame it on the internet. It seems to be a bit of an addiction!! The less I'm online, the better I do.
I do need to be on the internet to communicate with friends, pay bills, and check email. That is the minimum. I occasionally do research for purchases, which sometimes lead to online purchases. And currently, I'm researching schools and homes for our next move this summer.
I manage to find other reasons to be online as well. This blog and our Organized Friends Facebook community is one. And one thing just leads to another where it feels like I'm online much more than I should be.
Anyone else in a similar situation?
I'm in the process of either managing my time online, or managing my day (so that I'm not online as much). I'm not sure exactly what that means. Yet. I'm thinking either a time line of my day by hour or half hour with what I should be doing. Although that seems a little too planned for someone who doesn't work outside the home!
I could also make a list each night of things I need to accomplish BEFORE I can get on the computer. This actually may be the best plan. I can imagine seeing the computer as a reward. Another thing that would help is to turn the computer off completely when I leave it for a little bit. That would give me a little time to consider whether I really need to turn it back on.
Time management is likely going to be a big goal for me to work on during the month of February. That is partly why I'm thinking about it now. I want to have a few ideas to try and work on when the new month starts. I'm definitely open to hearing any ideas those of you reading have for me, or just share what you do that helps you be productive and keep your computer time to a minimum.
Update on the paper purge: I have completed the entire metal filing cabinet! I just have one drawer in my desk to complete before month end. And I will also disclose that the files in the file cabinet have not yet been returned. I'm going to attempt to consolidate a few files as I put them back in.