Monday, March 1, 2010

Do You Need More Time?

THE TWENTY-FIFTH HOUR

If they can put a man on the moon and clone a sheep, they should be able to create more hours in each day, right?

Scott Westerfeld's novel Midnighters has an interesting concept. Those who are born at the exact moment of midnight get an extra hour a day. They have 25 hours instead of 24.

What could you do with an extra hour?

If you could discover where you tend to fritter away your time you might be able to add that one hour.

Think about it, five minutes here and ten minutes there add up. It's entirely possible to lose an eye-opening amount of time by wasting a few minutes several times a day.

People who know how to manage their time well usually have one skill mastered: They are aware of where they are in their schedules at all times. They may not be crazy about it, and it may have taken them a long time to train themselves, but they are able to keep their entire day in focus as they progress through each activity.

It might help to discover what kind of time waster you are.

Before you can manipulate your schedule so that it provides a boost to your efficiency at home and with your work, you need to first examine all the ways in which you don't make the most effective use of your time. The best way to do this is by keeping a detailed record that spells out exactly how you spend every minute of every day--or at least in five-minute increments.

For me, its the on-line games, FreeCell and Twitter. It used to be TV, but I put that on the weather channel now and ignore it the whole day.

What things trip you up when you're trying to get your WIP (Work-in-Progress) done?

6 comments:

Sara Tribble said...

OH, I so got done with reading Uglies so I must check this out! Very cool idea indeed, and yes, my weaknesses are work and online activities. With an extra hour I would purely write, that would be nice!

elizabeth mueller said...

Hi Deborah! I just LOVE your blog! Thank you for following mine! Why haven't I come upon yours yet? Sheesh . . Here I am now!

The things that trip me up is when let myself sail away on FB and my blogs. I love to network and wish I could fetch more followers by commenting on their blogs.

Like right now! LOL... going to write right now!!
:) (Love your music!)

L.T. Elliot said...

What an interesting concept. Hmmm.

What trips up my time? Unexpected obligations. It's complicated. Another thing? Probably blogging. ;)

Deborah said...

Sara: It would be fantastic to have an hour where you could purely write without distractions. I think perhaps That shutting off everything and locking the door would accomplish that in my case. Its the discipline that seems to be missing.

Deborah said...

Elizabeth: I'm happy that you've joined my small number of followers. I've been reading your comments on other blogs and have really liked what you have to say. When I started seeing you on Twitter I knew I had to check your blog.

Deborah said...

L: Its never fun to agree to take on a task only to find out there's 100 more things you didn't know about before you said yes. If you'd known you might not have. That kind of thing makes me rather grumpy when it happens to me.