Protect your time

Writing every day – that’s what you’re supposed to do. it doesn’t matter what you write about as long as you just write something.

I’m doing my best with it. I’ve actually managed to take a break from motoring through the 3 web dev projects that I have to finish before Christmas and sit here, drink a big Sports Direct mug of coffee and write a few paragraphs.

That’s right – 3 projects to finish before Christmas. I’m not quite sure how I let myself fall back into the deadline hole again, but it’s certainly not a nice place to be at 3:30 AM.

The problem with being in the deadline hole is not the volume of work that has to be done, but the incredible mood swings it brings out in me as I stomp around the house and generally be obnoxious to my family. I complain of perpetual headaches, yet guzzle through a jar of coffee every two days. I complain of being tired but sleep for 3 hours a night. I complain about the constant interruptions but don’t get up and go and work in the office, choosing to stay at home to ‘get more done’.

I’m going to go on record officially that New Years Resolution number 1 is going to be getting back on the productivity wagon. My pseudo GTD/Pomodoro technique works well, but I’ll also be putting into place some pomodoro sized units of time into my diary and booking everything out again.

Another web dev friend mentioned that he holds me up as a good example of time management while freelancing when talking to other young freelancers, and that’s because he only sees the highly organised side that I pretend to the outside world is always going on back here. When he told me this, it made me realise that it was probably the best way to be.

Rambling on, I think the point that needs to be made is that you should Protect your time. It’s your only real commodity, and everyone is out to get it. Seriously – protect it with your life.

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