I am The Producer. Who are You?

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My earliest memory of being late was in fourth grade. I couldn’t find my other shoe, or my homework and I still had not brushed by hair. My Mom was ready to walk out the door and I wasn’t. She knew this would make her late for work and I knew it too because she gave me an earful as I stumbled around trying to hurry, trying to prevent the unavoidable. Can you believe I still carry this memory around with me years and years later?

I stumbled upon this article while I was on my way to check e-mail. Checking my e-mail was one of the many things on my “to-do” list. Reading the article was not. It caught my eye because  I am always late. . This article was about being late and included seven categories of the type of  late person you are. I felt compelled to read it because maybe I could still change and rid myself of this bad habit that annoys me at times.  According to the article, I am  The Producer:

The Producer needs to get as much done in as little time as possible. She feels better about herself when she’s checking things off a massive to-do list. Producers tend to engage in “magical thinking,” consistently underestimating the amount of time their tasks will take. They hate wasting time, so they schedule themselves to make use of every minute of the day.

Other categories of late people include: The Deadliner, The Absent Minded Professor, The RationalizerThe IndulgerThe Evader, and The Rebel.

I enjoyed this article because it gave me things I could try to do to help myself overcome this bad habit while not feeling so guilty. I was wondering how practical it would be to keep a record of how long real tasks take. I think I can make it happen if I add it to my “to-do” list.

Are you always late? What kind of late person are you?

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Making Time for Reflections

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Like everyone else, I tend to get caught up in the drama of every day life. Trying to achieve  balance between family, home, work, writing and the never-ending To Do list sometimes leaves me feeling that I am incompetent.

While cleaning the bathroom mirror this morning I started in on my typical inner monologue of what needs to happen over the next few days. It is often during mundane and recurring things like folding laundry, making beds or emptying the dishwasher (when I don’t have to  place a lot of mental focus on what I am doing) that I can retreat to my brain and think.  Only this time for some reason I turned my thoughts to thinking about my life right in that very moment. I began to tick off a list of things I was thankful for; both personally, professionally and for my family. Surprisingly, one good thought led to another and another and another. Instead of feeling a bit overwhelmed about what I needed to plan for and accomplish, I felt calm and ready to organize myself in a positive direction.

Life is a bit overwhelming at times. There are circumstances when being tough on ourselves is necessary, but don’t forget to stop and make time for reflections. I think you will see  your life from a new perspective.