I was in Grandview the other day shopping at Factory Bargain Outlet (fantastic deals here, by the way) and overheard a couple of employees talking…
Man: I’m telling you, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day.
Woman: I know what you mean, I’m always running to catch up!
Man: It’s like, just give me a couple of 48 hour days and I could get my life in order for once!
Woman: I can relate to that! Let me off this merry-go-round! There is just too much to do and not enough time to do it all in.
I couldn’t help but smile; it might as well have been an infomercial for getting organized with 25th Hour Organizing!
But not having enough time is something we can all relate to. We overbook ourselves, underestimate the time it will take for projects, and often bite off more than we can chew. I say this from personal experience too. I have one of those personalities that are easily bored. I can’t count how many craft projects I have started and never finished.
But worse than the overbooking is the guilt we feel when we don’t meet our self-imposed deadlines. I used to get so darned depressed when I didn’t get something done in the timeframe I had expected to complete it.
Recently I was reading “Done!” by Don Aslett and he referenced this particular issue. Here is an excerpt from the book…
Be Careful with “Budgeting” Time
As for setting aside or budgeting a day or a block of time for a certain project-top producers don’t do it that way.
If you say, “I’m going to use next weekend to clean out the garage,” and you block or schedule or set aside that much time for it, you’ll stretch the task out and use up that much time whether you actually need it or not. You can choose to spend two whole days on this or more realistically and efficiently half a day, depending on how much of a project you want to make out of it.
Often, too, jobs we dread or that aren’t quite our cup of tea become magnified in our minds, so we overestimate how much time will be required for them.
You may run into the opposite problem with your pre-selected block of time—it turns out to be too small for the project slotted there, so you end up deep in guilt, with a chain reaction of block reshuffling, reassignment, and apologies.
The fun in life is in beating the clock, not letting the clock regulate you and your projects. Do all you can, as fast as you can—and don’t get too hung up on the WHEN.
One of the techniques my husband and I use is to make a list of ‘things we would like to work on’ each weekend. We usually write out our ‘priorities’ on either Friday evening or Saturday morning at the latest. Some things are high priority – usually one of us wants to get it done pretty bad and really pushes to make it #1 on our list. Other things are medium or low priority–things we don’t need to do this weekend or can be delayed in deference to the higher priority items.
Above all, there is an unspoken rule – we do what we can, and don’t allow guilt about not getting a project done ‘on time’ get us down. We often reassure each other by saying things like, “It’s better to do a job right than on time” or “We are only able to do so much at one time”.
Right now, my husband is working on finishing out our basement. It tends to keep him rather preoccupied when he is down there, so I asked him to only work on it on the weekends. That way our weekday evenings are spent together, and I get the much-needed respite from watching our toddler all day. While I still work off and on throughout the weekend, we have already discussed and agreed that when he is downstairs working on the basement, little Emily is my responsibility to take care of. When he is upstairs for a break, he will spell me on the childcare for a few minutes or even fix a meal. I also make sure to let him know if he needs help downstairs he can call on me and I will make it a priority to come down and assist.
Together we get a lot done and manage to enjoy the process at the same time. This fall and winter we plan to:
- Finish the basement (walls, lighting) and later ceilings and tile floor
- Tear out the carpet and tile our bathroom, replace our toilet and possibly install dual sinks
This coming spring, we plan to:
- Install a deck that wraps around the rear of our house and one side
And sometime within the following year, we plan to:
- Install tile in the hall bathroom, replace the toilet, and convert an antique dresser into a vanity/sink
- Install hinged seating, a gazebo, and herb/edible flower planter boxes on our deck
- Install a gardening shed in the back yard
So, what projects will you be working on?