It’s something that I have never been able to get a handle on, and I seem to stagger from one day to the next without getting anything done.
Over the years many people tried, some with limited success, others completely failing. I had a boss who once sent me to time management classes and then expected me to manage my time better. Alas, I can still see her shrugging at the impossibility of it.
The thing is, I’m one of those freeform sorts of people and I guess it goes with the star sign, Gemini.
Yes, I’ve been to quite a few of those time management courses over time, with the books and diaries seeming to want you to time manage your life. I considered it a bit like micromanagement where your supervisor had access to the diary and put in the work, the estimated time and when it was expected to be finished. Their idea of managing their expectations in your space.
I didn’t work well with deadlines.
But oddly enough most of the jobs I’ve had over the years have involved time management of one sort or another and I have survived, mostly due to the fact most of my managers had given up. Stuff got done, more or less on time, so all was well.
Now, in semi-retirement, I really need something to organize my days so something gets done. As a writer allocating 12 midnight to 2am for writing doesn’t seem to be a good idea.
Unfortunately, it is the best time for me to write.
Is anyone else out there with the same problem, and if so what was your answer to the time management problem?