It’s ok to talk about non-painted furniture topics here right?
This is going to be the first of many random writing this month of May. I’m trying to train myself to write more consistently so I’m participating in a writing challenge to write a blog post every single day for 30 days. As much as I would love to show you 30 days of projects, I know it would be impossible. So this month you’re going to see plenty of projects, but I’m also going to be throwing in some shorter blog posts with helpful tips for a certain technique or skill as well as these random writing…where I’m just going to sort of share something random with you…or vent. Who knows.
Since I don’t have a finished project for you today (although I am in the middle of one) I thought I’d start with my first random writing. With that said, I thought today I would touch on a little hot topic that comes up in our house quite often…procrastination.
Do you procrastinate? Oh come on now, admit it if you do. I think we all do to some extent and some of us are far worse than others. I can sometimes be one of those people who procrastinate far too often.
I have good intentions to finish things on time and typically I do. In fact, I am a list maker. I love to work from lists. You would think that would help me get things done, but what good is a list if you ignore that list as often as you can because there are so many other fun things to do in life?
I’m sure many of you can relate to what I’m talking about. Especially if you’re a parent. Our kids take up so much time and I don’t mean that in a negative way. I absolutely would put something off to spend time with my baby monster. Family is important and that’s ok in my book. However, I’ve also put stuff off so I can read a book or play a game on the computer. I even once started cleaning out my closet and found a book I hadn’t seen in awhile and stopped cleaning the closet so I could read that book right then and there. I am so easily sidetracked.
Time Management Tips
If I’m such a procrastinator how do I find time to do everything? I get asked that question all the time. How can I work my full time job, work on various painting projects, take care of my side businesses, take care of my home and responsibilities and still have time to spend with family?
For me, it’s all about time management and trying to maintain a grip on just how much of a procrastinator I can be before it becomes a problem. It’s ok to put things off as long as you come back to them. Of course, if you’re more extreme like not going in to work because you’re putting it off to stay home and play video games, then we might have a problem to look into. Most of us I don’t think are struggling with that.
I’m sort of a geek. A creative geek…but still a geek. Every week, I plan what I hope to do for the next 7 days. I don’t always finish my lists, but I like to have a direction. It helps to keep me focused and also reminds me continually of what I have left to do. This way I know if I can have play time or not. as you finish up certain tasks, cross them off the list and move onto the next.
Schedule Time to be Distracted
I know this may sound silly, but we all need breaks and we all get distracted. Instead of fighting it, manage it. Add in some buffer time to things you do or just flat out set a time that are allowed to be distracted during the day.
Limit Your Time
Sometimes when I get sidetracked I get lost in time. I think I’ve only been doing something for a few minutes when in reality I could have been at it for an hour. I’ve started setting myself on a time limit when I get sidetracked so I can give myself a little freedom, but not forget about the important task at hand.
Turn it All Off
The next time you are working on something that requires your attention turn it all off. I’m talking anything technology related. No texting, no calls, no Facebook, no surfing the Internet, no nothing! When you’ve got something that needs to be done, don’t let yourself get distracted by talking to others or losing yourself in social media.
Yes, I know we all think we’re all supermoms or superdads. But we aren’t! We have lives and we have responsibilites, so why do we make it worse for ourselves? Don’t take on every task someone gives you and don’t be afraid to say no once in awhile. Remember, you need to keep your sanity too.
Hopefully you can take in what I’m rambling on about and understand that it’s ok to put some things off and to make time for fun, but with a little time management it doesn’t have to become a problem.
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