Do you have enough time? Does anyone? Can we be trained to manage our time more effectively? Again, as I wrote earlier in the week, it all comes down to how you view your time. Once you´re clear on that and you´ve made it clear to everyone else then it becomes much easier to manage your time. At the start it´s not easy to say to no, especially to a boss or a colleague who´s helped you out in the past. But when we agree to another task we usually need to make some room on our plates. If there´s no room, however, and you agree anyway then you´ve got some trouble ahead. It´s not just about letting someone down if you miss a deadline or hand in something late. You´re also allowing your integrity to deteriorate and that´s not easy to get back.
I remember a few years ago wanting to take another writer out to lunch. She provided a lovely blurb for my last book and a thank-you note just didn´t seem to suffice. I asked when we might be able to get together and she, very graciously, declined my offer. She explained that at that moment in her busy life she just didn´t have time. I read her email with such admiration. She´d taught me something incredibly valuable that day: she offered a wonderful object lesson about the value of time. Without knowing it, she also gave me permission to do the same when other people ask of my time. I get a lot of requests from people who want to write books. They want to take me for coffee and I love coffee. But I also love to get things done and so, like the woman who passed on my offer to take her to lunch, I say "no thank you" many times when I just must get to something more important.
We all have that right. Now, I´m not suggesting that you say "no" to a supervisor when it comes to taking on responsibility and doing what you´re paid to do. But I am saying that you don´t have to do everything. There are simply not enough hours in the day. Look at the notion of procrastinating. Sometimes we dress up procrastination with another costume that looks like another responsibility when in fact it´s just another excuse for not getting done what you need or want to get done.
No one seems to have enough time for everything, but we can make time for the things that we need to get done. We won´t get to them as soon as we´d like, but by prioritizing and making sure that what´s on that to-do list is important to us we can eventually cross every last item off.