I don’t go to an office job every day. I’m a freelance writer and although the last several weeks have been very hectic, I do usually have a fair amount of time each week to myself. Which means I don’t have to cram my entire to-do list into just two days — Saturday and Sunday.
So can someone tell me why I start every week with a new list and I end every week with some items still not crossed off? It’s the same story every week. I don’t think I’m disorganized. It’s true that I do work well under pressure, but I’m not a chronic procrastinator.
Why, then, do I always seem to run out of time? I’m up every morning at 6:30. I’m showered, fed and dressed by 7:30 or 8. I don’t go to bed until at least 11 pm. I rarely eat dinner before 7. Shouldn’t that leave me enough time to get my work done and do a few chores?
Three or four weeks ago I promised myself that I’d go through my closets and drawers. To date, I’ve only managed three drawers. Going to the Apple store to check and probably replace my phone battery has been a calendar item for months. It’s a 10-minute subway ride away. Haven’t made it there yet. I’ve been meaning to take two coats to the tailor since the end of August, but by the time I’m able to go, it’s after 6 pm and they’re closed.
Even when I decide to postpone work so I can get a few things done before I sit down at my computer, I end the day with carry-over items for the next day. And the next day. And the next day.
How is this possible? I can walk just about everywhere I need to go, in about 10 minutes, 20 minutes maximum. Nothing I have to do takes that much time. My to-do lists aren’t that long. I’m not a window shopper, so it’s not like I get distracted. I’m a woman on a mission and I tend to stick to the mission. So why?
Does this happen to you too?
12.2.2010<homework>321/365 by Phil Roeder, on Flickr, through Creative Commons