Hey guys. Today is starting at a late start. it's already 3:30 pm and I didn't wake up until 1:30pm. Yesterday was a pretty good day for my procrastination.
What got done: Hiragana/Katakana/Vocabulary Practice, Gaia Guild Updates, Writing, Webcomic Writing, Violin For Dummies, Library Book, World of Warcraft Emblems, Japanese Study, Japanese Homework, Computer Literacy Homework, Public Speaking Homework, College Applications.
What didn't get done: LARP Read, Job Search, Ballet DVD, Sewing.
So a vast more things got done then didn't get done. And that is a good thing. :)
Since I did my library book it's ready for review.
I just finished reading Time Management from the Inside Out ; The Foolproof System for Taking Control of Your Schedule-and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern. As you probably remember, but if not I shall remind you, before this I finished another Time Management book. I am going to say while both books are a good investment, I would recommend this book over the other one. First major difference between the two books. One focuses on Time Management in your job, which could be invaluable if you feel like you always have to stay late in your job. This one focuses on Time Management in every other aspect in your life, so something that is more important to me. Another important difference between the two books is that the author recognizes some of us have too chaotic lives and has a different way to look at scheduling yourself. Of course, the biggest advice that is helpful is to give some leeway time for distractions. Living with your parents means at any given moment they can throw a wrench into your plans and ask you to go to the bank for them, go grocery shopping for them, clean, unload the dishwasher, ask questions, etc. She has simple formulas for taking control of your schedule without going into too much about making specific time plans. Which makes this book feel more like an anti-procrastination book rather then time management, though useful for both.
WADE and the 4 D's are the simple formulas for trying to get control of your schedule. WADE is Write it Down ; Add it Up ; Decide ; Execute Your Plan. Write it down is self explanatory. Add it Up is estimate and add up how long it'll take to do something. Which somewhere she also tells you you must record how long it takes you to do something for a few weeks. Tasks we hate to do we feel might take 2 hrs but really only takes 1hr 15min, and tasks we love to do we feel might take half an hour but really take an hour. So understanding just how long something takes is a key to getting good time management. Decide gets explained further in the 4 D's. And Execute Your Plan is self explanatory.
The 4 D's are Delete ; Delay ; Delegate ; and/or Diminish. Delete is self explanatory, is there's something that can be not done, don't do it. Like cleaning your house floors everyday with a full times job. There is actually an example of that in the book. Delay, if something can wait for a bit, move it to a move covenant time. Sometime I've already did. Delegate, if someone could do the job or some of the job, give it to them, like your kids and chores. Diminish or separate into smaller/shorter tasks.
I think that's enough for right now. I highly recommend this book. Go out and get it! :-P
It's now 4:40pm, I couldn't just sit here the whole time to write my review and I just made and ate my lunch of beef taquitos, California blend vegetables, and diced kiwi.
List for today:
Gaia Guild Updates
Violin For Dummies
World of Warcraft Emblems
Viking Project Book/Website
Computer Literacy Homework
Public Speaking Homework
LARP Reading for Character History (The LARP is April 9th)