For years, I was a multitasking queen. I was organized, efficient and knew how to keep a meeting moving – though unfortunately I was usually one of the schmucks forced to sit through the droning of a boss who enjoyed hearing him/herself talk.
I picked up the skills fast as a journalist and they just stuck. As a reporter, you have to be able to handle several projects while juggling stupid demands from (usually) idiot editors who don’t have a clue.
But I digress…
Of course a good thing like organization cannot last. I got burned out after a while – and I moved after I lost my job – so my entire existence changed. It really hasn’t been the same since. Neither have my organization skills.
May and June were Hell Months. Everything bottlenecked. Things weren’t working out right. It was incredibly stressful. I decided then that I would do whatever it took to get organized again, so I could have time to write and RELAX. (If my grill and I don’t get at least one day together a week, we both get cranky.)
Just how to do that, I’m still not quite sure. I’ve tried a few things, threw out some ideas and thought of new ones. I hope to hit a successful formula soon – one that does not entail murder to get some peace and quiet.
I did have a multitask giggle moment today when I saw the article, “Americans Push Multitasking to New Heights,” right after I read a post I found on Twitter titled, “5 Ways to Spend Less Time at Work.” (Multitasking should keep us out of the office, but it usually just leads to more work – especially when your boss realizes you can do five things at once.)
The latter has a few terrific tips that can be adopted for the busy author who has to keep a strict schedule to meet deadlines.
What are you doing to stay organized?0