“No” is an essential word in time management. Why? Because saying “No” allows you to set limits, and the purpose of limits is to remove things that waste time thereby helping you to stick to what is actually needed to be done. While writing Little Copper Pennies in 2012, I watched no television except when breaking to eat, if I remembered to eat. No coffee with others unless they were interviewees for my book. No dinner invitations were extended, and none was accepted. No Facebook interaction. I said “no” to endeavours that would push me off track. This worked well as it was meant for the short term of about five months, after which I returned to a more balanced life.
Over the last year and up to now, I have visited Facebook almost every day. The primary reason is to post on my 1-Minute Prayer page. I check in with those who comment and to “keep the favour” overall, for it is very easy to lose a following if one does not interact with friends’ posts. But I am mindful to not be entrapped by the noise.
I’ve turned off notifications from over 100 groups to which I belong and check in only intermittently and I’m confident that God will speak to me when/where I should browse in order to get pertinent information.
I believe you too would be able to trace progress if you can identify what occupies your time and you can re-examine how you spend your time. In removing time wasters I’ve reaped a tremendous harvest. In under three years I`ve written five books and contributed to a few anthologies, and of all them have been published.
To do: It is easy to waste time “innocently” on social media, ask yourself these questions:
• What “noise” and trivialities do I get caught up doing?
• Did spending time there move me closer to my goals?
• What could I have done with all or part of that time (think hobbies, family, number of words written, working on a lead, taking a course, etc.)
• Remember that exercise you did in the first blog where you tracked your activities for one day? Go back to it and assess some of the things that occupied your day against the questions above.
Then assess your responses and make adjustments that will move you ahead in your field.
COMING UP ON MAY 14 – When Changes in Life Require Re-prioritizing
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Susan Harris is a speaker, former teacher and the author of six books, including 10½ Sketches: Insights on Being Successful Right Where You Are, Remarkably Ordinary: 20 Reflections on Living Right Where You Are, and the acclaimed, Little Copper Pennies series. She has written articles for anthologies, magazines and blogs, and is a monthly contributor to The Word Guild blog. Susan is a member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship, The Word Guild, Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals. Susan has held key management positions in churches and in corporations. She currently resides on the Canadian Prairies with her family and the beloved cats which have been the inspiration for her publication in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and her latest picture book, Alphabet on The Farm.