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Don’t Feed The Anger August 31, 2009

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The last couple of days have been a good example of things not going as planned.

For instance, I had planned to do a tutorial post on adding subscription options to your blog. That is still planned, but it won’t happen today. Instead, I’ve been dealing with a bunch of little things that keep coming up, and add up to one big draw on my time.

So, please accept my apology. However, I learned something (or rather I was reminded of it) while trying to deal with “stuff” and I thought it might be of benefit to others

On Wednesday, I was handed a project that needed to be completed by the end of the week. I knew that this was time sensitive, so I put it to the top of my to-do list. Spent most of Thursday morning working on it, and was able to fax it in by early afternoon.

I felt good that I had completed it ahead of time. I knew there might be some small revisions, but overall thought that project was done and I could turn my attention to other things.

I begin working on a press release for another client, and just as I complete that and get ready for another project, I get a phone call. The project needed revisions. Not surprising, but they were rather large revisions, and in my opinion, many of the were unnecessary. It just seemed like a waste of my valuable time.

So I tolded them I would not have the revisions ready that day, but when they could expect them.  I was tempted to call a friend and complain. We do that for each other, listen when the other is working through issues, but decided this project had taken enough of my energy for the day. I then grabbed some other work, my laptop, and went to my patio to work. I sat outside, enjoyed the lovely evening, made good progress on the work, and put the project out of my mind.

It worked. I felt better, and in a better frame of mind to tackle the project when I had to, which hopefully will result in me producineg better work.

It is very tempting to give in to anger and frustration, and stay with it. I do it all too often. However, I find when I refuse to stay there,  and instead move on to something else, even temporarily, it loses strength. The feeling may not go away, but it doesn’t control me anymore. Giving energy to your anger only feeds it and keeps it active in your life. Put your energy to something more constructive and watch how much you can benefit from it.

And now…back to putting my energy into the next blog post!

Time Is On My Mind August 21, 2009

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Time seems to be a recurring theme in my life lately. After my post on Monday, the theme of time kept coming up this week. For instance:

I was speaking to a potential client yesterday. While he wants to begin sending an electronic newsletter to his clients, and is interested in talking about ways he can use social media he said, “I just don’t have time right now to work on this. Maybe in a week or two.”

Schedules change, and he may be right that in a week or so the will have time to deal with this. But I also think that by spending time now,  he will save himself a lot more time in the future . I reassured him that I saw my role as getting this set up and running with as little time from him as possible, then taking over as much as I could to keep the projects running smoothly without a huge time commitment from him..

The concept of time cropped up again in the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur blog. In a post about why now is the right time to begin your own business, 81 people gave their reason for this. (Including one by yours truly – I’m #72!) Read through them and you’ll see a central theme emerge – taking control of one’s life/work, and ultimately, taking control of how one’s time is spent. Unless a way is discovered to travel through time, we only get to go through this life once: make sure you spend your time in ways that matter to you.

And how is my time management system going after four days? In spite of quite a few bumps in the road, it is going well. The worksheet is helping keep me on track, and I am actually focusing on what has to be done each day, and getting it done. I am discovering, however, that I need a lot of adaptability to my schedule. I may plan to work for a two hour period, and I may know what I’m want to work on, but “stuff” keeps coming up that delays it. However, because I am so focused on what must be done that day, I can shift things around and accommodate it all. I know there will be more adapting and tweaking involved, but so far I am very pleased.

And now, I believe it is time for me to close! If you have any thoughts on time – how to manage it, how quickly it is passing, even how to keep track of it for billing, please leave a comment.