When I’m Tired I Want to (fill in the useless activity) when I should be (fill-in the productive activity). In Need of Advice!November 30, 2009
I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to make myself more efficient and productive. While I’m a pretty busy guy who generally gets a lot done, I still feel like there is more or at least a better way for me to get things done in my life.
Now, when I’m a) motivated and well-rested or b) under the gun of a deadline I can get a remarkable amount accomplished in a short period of time as I think it true with most even semi-functioning people.
But what to do when things are not so urgent, but still very important (See 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) to achieving your goals?
I’ve been thinking a lot about this over the past weekend because I had a few days of free time (which I rarely have) and I had some big non-urgent, but very powerful (i think) plans to get things done that would have helped me achieve my big goals and I wasn’t able to get it done because of procrastination.
And these times happen throughout a month. You know those times when you’re tired, but there is still time left in the day and you’re “unsupervised”, so to speak.
Over this past weekend and generally during these times, I want to a) watch TV b) waste time on useless emailing c) eat junk food or just generally procrastinate.(and then I generally feel bad that I’ve done these things later!)
I’ve been trying to figure out better strategies for using these hours in my day. Right now, I feel like these moments are even counter-productive to me especially if, for example, I eat junk food or watch TV and end up staying up later because I’m zoned out in TV land.(Curse you VH1!)
What are your thoughts? how do you deal with these times? What should I be doing with this time?
Should I just power-nap and then try to re-focus? Although I think that really isn’t specific enough to turn these times around for me.
Wasting Time in NYC (My ode to Dear Abby here!)