Some of my three faithful readers know I also attend Seminary working on my Masters. Of course, I’ve been off for a semester while injured coz it’s just too hard to lift heavy textbooks and write research papers when you have one arm/hand strapped and bound to your body. Plus I’m not so sure my Theology professors would have appreciated what I wrote while under the influence of Valium and Percoset — although you people don’t seem to mind.
Anyway, Wednesday my textbooks (about 40 lbs worth of books!) arrived. Devoted Spouse was perusing my books and we got into a conversation about my (poor) use of time and how I should become better organized. You see, I’m the most disorganized person on the face of the earth and I don’t use time wisely at all – I fritter it away in any possible pursuit of something that will make me smile, laugh, or intrigue me (a good mystery). I may spend time shooting at the range or fishing or blogging or just goof off with EmmaLou, the Golden Destroyer. Is there a 12 step program for Slackers because I should definitely sign on. Wait, I may be onto something here…can you get paid for being a Slacker? Nevermind.
Interestingly enough in today’s local newspaper I found an article with tips to help you organize your time. How exciting – maybe there is something here that I can actually use. I read the article and I was a tad disappointed. Then again, these are the writers of the Dayton Daily News, a paper in a city which the Forbes folks maintain is dying so what was I expecting?
Some of the tips: Delegate. Well, okay I’ve already done that while I’ve been injured. Devoted Spouse faithfully does the laundry, takes out the trash, feeds the dog, feeds me (not necessarily in that order), washes the dishes, helps me dress (if Tim Gunn comes to the door, no-one let him in!), and generally does whatever I sweetly ask. So, okay, I’ll delegate – he can write my research papers and I’ll concentrate on reading the textbooks and taking the exams.
Another tip? Ditch perfection. Obviously these people don’t know me – I did that years ago. Duh.
Next tip: Learn to say no. I’m actually getting better at this one. A long time ago I came up with a standard answer to anyone asking me to do something I didn’t want to do. I give you all permission to use it; it works wonders. Here it is: “I’m sorry; I just can’t.” That’s it. The cool thing is when you say that to someone they NEVER ask you why; they just accept you can’t help them. Wish I’d figured that out years ago.
Yet another tip: Unplug. In other words turn off the crackberries, get off the internet and stop Twittering. No, no, and no. I may delete the Hoyle’s Card Game program on my laptop, but that’s all. I’m new to Twittering and I’m not giving it up – it’s too much fun! I may slow down on the blogging, but I can’t unplug completely. Dumb tip.
One last tip: Stop procrastinating. Well, crap on a crutch, that’s what got me in trouble to begin with. I can’t just stop. It’s in my nature to put everything off to the last minute and then panic until my blood pressure is at stroke level and I stay up all night and write the most fabulous research paper ever. It is tiring, though, so they may have a point.
Yeah, this time, I’m definitely going to get organized ahead of time. My class starts May 11th. That gives me lots of time to get ready. I figure I’ll probably start the evening of May 10th. And then I’ll just multi-task as usual…piece of cake.