I Need More Time
There is not enough time in the day – or so it seems. Lately I've been feeling like I can't possibly accomplish everything I want in a mere 24 hours. Talk about impossible!
I'm sure there's a lot of you busy bees out there that feel the same way as me. But I have a sad revelation for y'all (read: us): what if we're just really bad at managing our time? As much as I don't want to believe this about myself, I know it's the truth.
I'm someone that will stay in bed until the last possible second until it's time for me to go somewhere. The snooze button has become my worst enemy as of late. By the time I get up and get dressed, I don't have time to eat breakfast, do a double-check in the mirror, or even pack a gym bag for the evening (I'm trying to do better with the whole exercise thing). Starting off my day in a rush kind of makes the rest of my day seem rushed, too. I don't like it.
"...I tend to get inspired when the sun goes down."
I was on a roll for a second when it came to putting my alarm far away from me so I would actually have to get out of bed to turn it off, but then I slipped back into my bad habit and would get up out of bed just to hit snooze five times. Like, who does that?
I have a nighttime alarm set that tells me that I need to be in bed by 10:30 p.m. It makes a cute little lullaby sound that goes off an hour before my desired bedtime to remind me to get my clothes and everything laid out for the next morning. According to science, the average adult needs about eight hours of sleep, so I set the alarm to wake me up at 6:30 a.m. I've been ignoring both the bedtime and wake-up signals. (I'll have you know that it's 10:30 p.m. right now and I am currently writing this, so you can see how trash I am.)
Like I said earlier, this type of rushed behavior tends to carry on throughout the day. I feel like I don't give myself a lot of time to sit down and process and plan out things because my mind/body is constantly trying to play catch up. I'm definitely not taking advantage of all the hours in the day that I don't spend sleeping.
I don't think I'm bad at prioritizing or organizing my tasks, it's just the whole thing of when I decide to start working on them. I'm naturally a night owl, so I tend to get motivated and inspired when the sun goes down. But seeing as how I have a real job now where I have to actually get up and be on time for things, something has got to change, lol. I keep telling myself that I'm gonna try to stop torturing myself like this, but as they say: old habits die hard.
So this is me asking you all for help! What are some best practices for time management? If you're a night owl like me, what do you do to ensure that you wake up the next morning charged up and ready to go? Do you put yourself on a strict bedtime schedule to avoid wasting your day away in bed or feeling sluggish? I wanna know!
Mules: Steve Madden (link is to an alternative)