Often, I can be on the computer all day long. Sure, it's my job -- writing, planning, interviews, video, project coordination. However, I find that I have no time for thinking, reading and other things I can and should be doing in the course of the day.
Am I alone? Do you feel this way?
Maybe in your case, you are only reading, and not updating your blog. Maybe you're on the phone all day long selling to new clients and never visiting a customer.
Below is advice from eight experts on how to utilize your time:
- Take 15 minutes the night before and plan out the next day, including your appointments and such. With your remaining time, plan on what you hope to accomplish with about 80 percent of that time. The other 20 percent will get sucked up by phone calls.
- Be in the moment. When you need to be creative, avoid all of your normal distractions by turning your e-mail, Twitter, and phone off. My creative thinking time is reserved for early mornings, in the car between appointments and after hours.
- To complete a project, discipline yourself to stay on task, and away from your inbox.
- Set small goals. I've experienced this and have seen it happening with many of my clients. We never seem to "find the time" to do everything we want, so we must "make the time" based on our true priorities.
- Take regular breaks -- even if that means setting your alarm in order to do so. Stand up and stretch on these breaks, eat healthy snacks and limit coffee.
- When its lunch time, really take lunch off. Go outside and eat a good meal. Take a book and read during lunch if you can.
- On a day that things are light and you can't get much done, just chuck it all and go to a movie, preferably a funny one. You will come back energized and ready to work. Or, if you prefer go to a local hangout without your computer, with instead with a book.
- Remember to find ways to laugh. Have a joke book or a couple of funny toys on your desk. I have my easy button on my desk and hit it periodically.
- Mix up the methods of your mayhem. Start making appointments with yourself to diversify the tasks you miss and love. It does not have to be all business!