Have too much time but doing too little with it?

I feel like the more time I have to work on my side projects, the less I do and the less I want to do them. And I’m doing my best not to let the getting-home-from-work-and-being-tired thing be my excuse for failing to accomplish small tasks. I mean, we’re all tired after we get home from work. And we all have other things we need to get done, errands to run or just life tasks to handle. Like taxes. I know. I told all of you to do your taxes on January 27th and I still haven’t done mine. In my defense, I attempted to submit them twice and… yeah, just one of the seasons for me. I digress…anyways.

I was trying to commit to using as much of the four or five hours I had from getting home from work to when I went to sleep my own projects, but it wasn’t helping. I wasn’t doing much with the time. I would find myself putting off tasks, waiting till the last minute to get something done and sometimes having to finish it in the morning before heading off to work. No bueno!

I was overwhelmed with so much time to work with that I was under-producing. Completing one task, maybe two. Something had to change because at this rate, I was almost getting nothing done. So, change I figured out what would work best for me.

I’ve actually told a client how to better manage their time, not because I’m this all-knowing creature and I’ve mastered time management…ha!!! NEVER. But she wanted guidance on how to fit time in writing her book after work so she met deadlines and kept on a schedule. Thinking back to my conversation with her, I took my own advice. I scheduled blocks of time. Instead of forcing myself to use 35 hours a week (almost like a whole ‘nother job), I reduced the time I spent focusing on my side projects and goals to increase the amount of work I got done.

I know, it sounds ass-backwards, but work with me here. If you had only 30 minutes to get something done, wouldn’t you be more laser focused than if you had 8 hours to complete it? Or one week? It seems like the more time we have the more time we kill. I don’t know about you, but my time is too valuable to be wasted not knocking things off my list.

So this is what I restructured my time to reflect:

Only two hours a night during my work week and four hours each day on the my weekend days. Weekend hours don’t need to be consecutively completely in one four-block. I can break up the time block to reflect when I have to focus or get things done.

Simple. Easy. Not complicated. Most importantly, easy! Time management should be just that.

What do you do to stay on track and make sure you’re maximizing your time and efforts.