Wednesday, March 16, 2011

AAAARGH! Make time STOP!

I have come to realise that 24 hours is really not that much time. It just goes! Seriously, it's like you can actually watch it running past you, laughing at the helpless expression on your face and the desperation with which you gasp, "Come back..."



I am a third of the way through proofreading a document I wanted to have finished by this evening (as in, NOW), I've barely started marking the tests that were written on Monday, I haven't yet prepared a new lesson for tomorrow, I haven't finished making supper, and I'm currently wearing my LAST clean pair of underwear! (like you really wanted to know that...)

You may be asking what exactly I HAVE done today (I know I'm asking that...). Well, I started teaching my first lesson at 6:45 am (crazy? maybe), did some proofreading, taught three more classes, filmed some girls singing a song about trigonometry, picked up the licence plates for my new baby, went to the shop, went to gym, wrapped a present, started supper, had a shower and... now I'm here. About to go out to cell group. Did I do any writing? Uh... no.


How do you handle this TIME PROBLEM?!


15 comments:

Summer Ross said...

Time problems- well I try to handle things one day at a time, and keep pushing forward one thing at a time.

Libby said...

Those kind of days are superproductive and yet you feel like you've accomplished nothing. I have many days like that myself...

Carol Riggs said...

I know what you mean--time keeps slipping away lately for me too, and I wonder WHAT DID I DO ALL DAY? Ha. But I was busy all day. Funny how that goes...

KarenG said...

Ah time and money-- those two things no one ever has enough of! Well, not me anyway! And the older I get the faster time goes. It seemed endless as a child. Why is that? Now a year is like a day.

Julie Hedlund said...

I try very hard not to berate myself and just get on with it the first moment I have a chance. Not a panacea, I know...

Kittie Howard said...

I know this sounds odd but there are days when I wake up I just know the clock's ticking too fast. I do what's gotta be done and try to pace thru the rest, all enough to drive one nutso! Then, there are days when I'm the queen doing what I wish and it's Off with Time's head!

D U Okonkwo said...

When you're busy, 24 hours whizzes by, when you're bored or have been extremely efficient, it can drag! We all have the same amnount of time, but honestly it can look like some people don't move yet seem to get loads done!

Melissa said...

At least you've accomplished a lot today!!! But I totally feel you on the time front -- it just slips away and you can see it dissapearing and there is nothing you can do about it.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I can relate... I need to finish editing 70 or so pages left for my ms and I am so busy doing other things.

I haven't done one page of editing and I'm behind in my blogging, NO! I hate that more than anything else. I must keep up with all my buddies.

So I agree lets have 30 days... that six extra hours would really come in handy,

Michael

Jemi Fraser said...

Real life can be so all consuming! Finding time to write is ALWAYS a challenge - my time tends to come in 15 or 20 minute chunks :)

Elizabeth Twist said...

The only real antidote to this problem that I've found is mental focus. I find if I can really get into the flow of a task, and allow it to take in all my attention, time maybe doesn't slow down, but at the end of the day, I find I've accomplished a thing or two.

Acknowledging the things I did get done rather than focusing on all the things I wish I'd done is also a good thing.

J.L. Campbell said...

Definitely can relate to feeling like the day has passed me by. I edited all of two pages this evening before my eyeballs started throbbing...and I get to do it all over again tomorrow. That said, I need to look at my things to do list more often than I do. :D

Christine Tyler said...

I think everyone running on the same time-space-continuum can relate to this one, haha. Still sounds like a very productive day though! You can't write without living, so you've still contributed to your craft.

tangynt said...

Lots and lots of coffee.

And I suck time from random passerby. The method is very complex in its simplicity, or I would explain it here.

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Margo Berendsen said...

I'm not one of those people who can write whenever they get 15 mintues free or over their lunch break. IT's so frustrating. I'll just sit and stare at hte screen or delete everything I do type in. i apparently need long stretches of time to write... so i've become a weekend writer. I don't write at all during the week (that's when I blog and visit blogs). But the weeekend is MINEEEEE. insert evil chuckle.