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Time Management Ninja
The list of things that can distract me just keeps growing. I get up early with plans to start the day with Bible reading and devotions, but first I should make sure I didn't miss a text from the kids overnight . . . and then while the phone is in my hand, I should just check Twitter - just quickly . . . and before I know it, I have five minutes left before time to get ready for work. I'll do better after work.
When I gather my belongings to head to work, I always make sure I have a book to read during my lunch hour . . . just as soon as I flip through some Pinterest ideas . . . and catch up on my Words With Friends - I mean, people are waiting on me. How did I only get two pages read?
No worries - it's 5:30 and I'm home from work with five hours to accomplish all those things on my list . . . but I'm tired. I'll just sit down for a couple minutes . . . wonder what's on TV tonight? I'll just take a quick browse through the guide . . . That detergent commercial reminds me - I should throw a load of towels in the wash . . .Wow, it's 7:00 already! What's quick for supper?
8:00 - That's ok - I still have two and a half hours to sew or read . . . I should pick up this sewing room a little before I start a new project . . . hey, here's that apron I made a couple weeks ago. I was going to send Teri a picture of that. Where's my cell phone?. . .
No wonder I feel like I never get anything done. My age and lack of focus may be part of the problem, but I'm putting 90% of the blame on the number of distractions that technology provides. Too much time staring at a screen means too little time focusing on the real world. My sister, Teri, started a feature on her blog called "I Noticed . . . " in which she notes the surprising things around her that she hadn't noticed before. I want to join in, but first I have to look up long enough to notice something.
Candy Crush has been deleted from my phone. Facebook, Pinterest and Words With Friends have been restricted to one (brief) visit per day. Twitter is allowed at work, though there's rarely time to pay attention, but outlawed at home. TV limits itself because, though we own three televisions, only one is actually connected to satellite at the moment, so when Dave turns on TruTV (otherwise known as the Stupid People Channel), I leave the room. That leaves blogging and reading blogs. Those I refuse to give up.
I'm devising a plan to keep up with your blogs and post on my blog on a regular basis. I know what you're thinking. . . "I have deja-poo - the distinct feeling that I've heard this s*** before." :) But really, I mean it this time! As a matter of fact, I'm going to sit down right now and make a calendar with a color-coded schedule for blog reading and writing. I'll need markers ... I hate digging through this bag for the right color of Sharpie. I really should make a container for storing them . . . maybe I can find an idea on Pinterest...