Work / Life / School / Blog Balance

balanceOr, alternatively, Why You Haven’t Really Heard From Me In Two Weeks.

Mostly, it’s because it’s still February [shakes a fist at the sky] and that alone makes me vaguely lethargic and a little stupid. But, more to the point, I had a not-huge-but-not-small-either paper to write for each of the two classes I’m taking — and they both took up an absolutely RIDICULOUS amount of my time. Like, way WAY more time than I thought they would, and as a result almost nothing else got done.

I didn’t get anything else written (for this blog or anything else). Dinners were half-assed (or, more likely, takeout). My bathroom has almost degraded to the point that it looks like it belongs in a frat house.

Now, on the one hand, I really want to take on more writing, but at the same time, I think I need to get a better handle on figuring out how to do more than one thing — not “more than one thing” like, do a phone interview while making a soufflé and teaching my kid multiplication but more like, get some work done but still do some other stuff that I want/need to do that day.

So… tips? Ideas? Suggestions for helpful books/websites/liquors?

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3 thoughts on “Work / Life / School / Blog Balance

  1. Ok, it’s maybe not what you’re looking for, but Ive been doing this Flylady (http://www.flylady.net) thing for a year & a half now and it’s REALLY helped me balance stuff-that-needs-doing. I like/use her ideas about building routines (1-min daily Swish-n-swipe means my bathroom looks company-fine ALL THE TIME & I only have to more thoroughly clean it 1/month) and using a timer to focus/get stuff done. I’m not a huge fan of the webpage itself, but many of her ideas have made my life easier/cleaner/less chaotic. *shrug* Check it out – it took me a while to get into the swing of it, but more tidy/less stressful house = good news!

    1. Y’know, I have tried Flylady at least three different times and I just can’t get it to work for me — either in my brain or in my life. I think it’s partially because it’s just too suburban-centric to work for me (i.e. I don’t have a dishwasher and a doing a load of laundry every. single. day. is just insane even if the laundromat is only three blocks away).

  2. 3 blocks IS too far to do laundry everyday! I don’t have dishwasher either…but really miss one right now after breaking my L wrist! Maybe just trying to figure out some routines that you can train into brainlessly doing (SnS is one I auto-pilot now) might help w household minutiae & timer for focus? Anyway, good luck!

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