This morning I got up much earlier than the rest of the family so I could something productive before the chaos starts. After starting the coffee what do I do? Get on the computer to go through my Google Reader where I found this post by Magpie Girl “8 Time Suckers“. How ironic I read that list when I’m in the middle of one of my time suckers!
I’ve come to a few generalities about myself and most people I know:
1-we are all busy, overcommitted, overwhelmed in one way or another
2-we all have things we have to do regardless of time (ie feed and bathe the kiddies)
3-we all have something (or several somethings) that we waste time on
4-finally, we make the time to do things we want to, when we want to.
So here are my 8 BIG time Suckers:
1-google reader, I have a million blogs I’ve subscribed to, and I am compelled to check it every day. I rationalize that google reader is not a waste of time because now I don’t have to hunt through my bookmarks for new posts.
2-facebook. I’m always amazed when I talk to friends who tell me they are hardly on fb. I wonder what they do with all that free time? Dust, write a novel? I will give myself a bit of credit, I don’t do the apps or games. I still spend too much time on it especially since getting an iphone with the fb app on it.
3-Nothing. I have found myself so overwhelmed with everything I need to do that I shut down and sit and do nothing. Smart one huh?
4-Reading. I love to read and I love authors like Patricia Cornwell, Nora Roberts, Lisa Gardner, Janet Evanovitch, etc…. Nothing wrong with reading right? It’s good to show your children a love of reading. My problem is I’ll start a book and can’t hardly stop. Which is silly because the story is not going anywhere, it will be there while I go be productive.
5-Looking for inspiration. This is related to #1 but it is such a big waster of time I felt it needed it’s own! Got a new stamp set? Go to Splitcoast Stampers for ideas. I save all kinds of ideas in my iphoto in a special folder called “ideas”. I always think that’s such a great way to do this or that, I’ll try it! Unfortunately my folder grows but not my pile of creations!
6-Worry. Who doesn’t right? But I worry about things I don’t have a lot of control over, which really is a lot!
7-Organizing Craft/Art Stuff. I love to organize these things, putting them into little baskets and buckets that I’ve collected from here and there. I love to see my craft space organized with cute tags, labels, with everything in it’s place. This lasts as long as I don’t use any of my stuff. Once I get started on a project I have everything all over the place. Yeah I know I should put things back after I use them (I hear my mom saying that) but I don’t.
8-Blogging. I started this blog in 2007 to have a separate place for my crafty ramblings. Sometimes I spend way too much time writing posts, worrying over the look of the blog. Wondering how many people will read the post. Hoping someone will have be inspired by my witty banter or lovely creations.
I’m sure there are more, but these are my 8 big ones. None of these are bad things–in moderation they can be good. I started a few weeks ago trying to use my time more effectively so I get done what I need to do and what I have to do, and so I give my kids enough of my time.
Here’s my basic strategy:
-get up before the rest of the family, peruse google reader until kiddies get up. Still working on the get up early part, but when I do it’s good.
-only go on facebook once a day. Okay, sometimes it’s 3x a day, but I’m working on it.
-read in the evening before bed, stopping and going to bed at a reasonable hour.
-create a schedule for myself that allows for some crafting/me time. This is hard for me being a stay home mommy because my schedule for a long time has revolved around my two, three year old bosses. But the time for a written down schedule is here. Next week they start preschool and I start teaching at the same school. So Tuesday and Thursday mornings are going to be a set deal.
-not worry too much my blog posts, a few get read and commented on. That’s cool. I do it for myself. Remind myself of that!
-try not to worry over things I can’t control. I can’t control a lot of things but I can control how I react to them. This is my new mantra!
We’ll see how my plan works. In the meantime, I’ve got to finish my google reader for the day!