Apparently, it’s a thing I have not mastered yet.
Some of the time, I confuse time management with procrastination. They’re definitely related, and both can keep you from doing what needs to be done.
Procrastination stems from knowing what you need to do, but being unwilling to actually do it. Poor time management often means you haven’t bothered to even figure out what it is you need to do. Or estimate how much time it will take to do it. Or determine how much time you have available.
Time management requires a certain amount of math. Which is why I think it leads to procrastination. In my head, the conversation is something like this:
Me: I really need to get this project done this month.
Also Me: Well, how many hours do you estimate it will take you to finish it?
Also Me: And you already have a lot going on. How many hours have you already committed to other projects this month?
Also Me: If we estimate that you have approximately 2.5 hours of free time per weeknight, and maybe 5 hours each weekday, and the project will take X hours…
Me: You know what? I’m going to go watch a few episodes of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. Let me know if you get that all figured out.
One tactic that sometimes works for me is to just find pockets of time, and work on whatever project seems most pressing or accessible during that pocket. I mean, if you just keep plugging away at anything, eventually it’ll probably get done.
What about you? How do you find time to work on your creative projects? What gets in the way?