It is so easy to be unrealistic about time. How long something will take? How many things you'll able to do in a given amount of time. No one has extra time, no one has enough time. Everyone is always short on time.
Jotting down thoughts on my current relationship with time:
- In the last few weeks I've returned to timeboxing and time slotting. Time slotting (a phrase I just made up) is more important to me. Putting each task into a timeslot in the day. More importantly if there are no empty timeslots left, explicitely deciding to not do that task (not postpone but not do).
- The other thing that works durig unpredicatable interruptable day is daily habits (that are not tied to a time of day). I will write a post today no matter what. It doesn't matter when (or how long) but I will squeeze that in somewhere somehow. With that intention I am naturally on the lookout for opportunities in my chopped up schedule.
- I have been operating at 1/3 the pace of a fulltime employee since March of 2020. I've had 12.5 hours per week, then 15 hours, and then 20 hours week total work time. When I first realize that kids won't be going back to school after spring break in 2020, I nearly had a panic attack (not literally but I felt unprecidented amount of anxiety over what I forsaw). It's not only about the absolute time but also about the momentum. The amount of progress and learning I have made in the last 21 months I could have made in 7 months if I was going at full speed. Ah it's worth acknowledging in writing but I've processed and adapted to this a long time ago. It is what it is.
- I talked to a coach person about all this and I must have said "I don't feel like I'm doing enough". The reason is I make unrelistic plans, just wishful thinking. The only cure to that is time slotting. That is working for me in combination with daily habits (I am not surprise, I am the girl in college with a notebook full time tracking my roommates made of fun of if they found it laying around on the coach).
- What's trickier as an adult is protecting your time.
People who become well known due to their success get asked by strangers for their time. For their advice, feedback, opinion. But essentially their time. It's ironic that once you are deeply embedded in a business in a an operation role you don't have time to engage with Internet coworkers.