It’s hard to find anything more elusive than time. There are only a few things in life as precious as time. I often find it unfair that we’re allotted only 24 hours a day. It is the fact that I have a hard time coping with, constantly wishing to add if not another 24 then at least, 12 more hours to every passing day.
It’s because of the Time we “can’t step the same river twice”. We can’t bring back the time, nor can we move it forward. We can’t unsend the email we sent a few seconds ago written in anger or frustration, and now wishing we weren’t so hasty with it. We can’t stop the time to meet the deadline, nor can we make it go faster to find out the results of the competition and whether or not we were selected.
One thing we can do with time is manage it. It’s not the easiest task in the world, and those who did master it deserve a medal of honour or a lifetime achievement award. For the rest of us, mortals, I’ve decided to host another group writing project and invite all of you, time management gurus, to participate.
If I confused you with the label “guru”, don’t be. To see whether or not you qualify for this project, complete the following test questions:
- Are you juggling a busy family life and career?
- Are you working full time and still manage to blog?
- Do you have your hands full with multiple projects but succeed in keeping all of them under a reasonable control?
- Can you still find time for your favourite hobby despite the loads of work and tons of daily responsibilities?
If you answered YES to at least one of the questions above, you’ve successfully passed the test, deserve to be called a guru and now required to share your Time Management tips with the rest of us.
There are many books and articles written on this topic, but I find most of them lacking in the fields of reality and practicality. What I’d like to achieve with this group writing project is getting the real-life solutions to Time Management by real people: working parents, busy freelancers, swamped bloggers. Even if you don’t consider yourself as a very organized person, you must have at least one tip to share with others, the most essential time management trick that works for you.
The rules for this group writing project are very simple:
- Write a post on your blog and share with us how you manage to sustain the sanity in your super busy life, or what sometimes works for keeping your marbles together, in other words – your Time Management advice or tips.
- Contact me with your name, email and a permalink to your post. If you don’t have your own blog, you can always write a guest post on my blog, or simply send me your thoughts by contacting me in person.
- Once I collect the links from all participants and publish them on my blog, you can write another post and link to either all or your favourite tips suggested by other bloggers.
The deadline is Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
I will send you a confirmation email once I get your entry and will publish the complete list with links to all your posts on Saturday, September 29th, 2007.
Those who’ve participated in my previous Group Writing Project – Source of Inspiration, remember how successful it was, reaching the Digg’s front page, was bookmarked on del.icio.us by hundreds of people. Every participant got his/her share of big traffic waves. So, hurry up and be sure to carve a small time frame and participate in this group project.
I’ll be posting my own Time Management Tips soon, will tell you how I juggle with a full-time job, family (my 30-months-old daughter starts a pre-school this week), my Fall lectures once a week (including checking and marking students work), freelancing in evenings and blogging in-between. I look forward to getting help from all of you to manage that elusive precious Time.