• In a time warp

     

    What Ho!

    It has been almost a full month since I last wrote.

    An exciting and exhausting month in the new business @ pocketnotebooks 

    Even Nero is feeling the pace.

    Mags has had carpal tunnel surgery on her right hand. In true Margaret style, she has twice had to return to A&E, but we think all is well now. It will still be several weeks until she has use of the hand.

    Anyone who has been involved in a new business (new to me at least) will have experienced time-warp. All of my focus has been on getting the webshop stocked and reassuring the very loyal customer-base that it’s business as usual. Days have been long, and to-do lists longer. I have found myself chasing people up:

    “Have you completed that task yet? I asked you ages ago.”

    “Umm…you sent me an email at 2120 last night. I’m just reading it with my first coffee.”

    “Ah. Right. Sorry.”

    As the month draws to an end, I have become marginally less unreasonable, although the to-do list shows no signs of getting any shorter and I still never have enough time.

    Talking of which…

    Keep smiling!

  • Taking Time Back

    This post is going out in the middle of the A to Z Challenge – and is not a part of that exercise.

    I wrote an earlier post on reaching saturation point with technology.

    Much though I love my ‘I-everythings’, I was finding that technology was directing my time rather than help me make the most of it. So, I have stepped back a little.

    Once I started limiting my ‘online’ time – I began experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Really.

    I wanted to keep looking at my phone.

    So, I changed phone. I bought a dumb phone. It can do calls and messages. That’s it.

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    I bought a diary. I have customised the layout to suit the way that I want to work.

    In the diary, I block off time. So, at 1230, I will log onto my webmail and have a look at emails. Then I log off email and go for lunch.

    I log back on before shutting down for the night. That’s it for email. Twice a day. I am planning to get to the point that I log off the computer before dinner.

    Mornings – I do my level best to ignore e-mail and social media. I walk the dog, have some breakfast and a shower. I sit at my desk and get working. I schedule creative tasks for the morning, I find it easier then than at any other time.

    If I am disciplined – those morning hours are great productive time. The key is not to let myself get sidetracked by Facebook, Twitter, E-mail and all the other usual suspects.

    Rather than ramble on for hours, I will leave you with two observations.

    1. I am finding it difficult to ‘cut down’. That tells me that there is a bit of an addiction element to this technology stuff.
    2. Not checking my email every ninety seconds has had absolutely no downsides. None.