I’m working really hard to get better at managing time. It’s not the work time that I have a problem with, it’s superfluous interactions that can be so time consuming. Whether it’s trying to make myself more accessible to other people, family stuff ™ or just people showing up out of the woodwork needing you to advise them on the same topic for the 100th time, I find that other people can be such a time suck.
I’m sure for my friends with actual responsibilities and obligations beyond setting their own schedules, this post seems needlessly inane. But I’ve configured myself almost deliberately to be without a lot of the encumbrances that other people take for granted and yet, I find that it’s just as difficult to stop people from creeping themselves onto my schedule. It’s easy to ignore calls from vendors or strangers, harder to ignore friends and family.
My family have gotten better about calling me and asking if I’m doing work before launching into whatever. It’s random friends who have a harder time accepting that what I’m doing is real work and assuming that if I’m tweeting or I’m on facebook, that means I must be available to talk because they don’t really understand my workflow. (N.B. Let’s be real, those are distractions too and I have apps to limit my use when I’m on a deadline…)
I could probably write an entire post just on workflows and how we all work — and interact with the same tools — differently.