September 28, 2023


Parenting News

Productiveness strategies to handle time and work

5 min read

I’ve been writing this article for over 2 years alongside a full time job, and have by no means missed per week. I’ve written 107 newsletters, and 99% of them have been between pre-planned and pre-thought.

That is the first time I’ve sat down to put in writing and been not sure of what I’m sending out to you all. Yikes!?

That is ironic as I not have a full time job so my newsletters to you ought to be deliberate to the T.

I’m placing it right down to not but having discovered my very own time administration course of. I do know I’m spending an excessive amount of time on paying initiatives and pitching for potential paying initiatives, one thing I by no means needed to fear about with a full time job.

The brand new initiatives which have come my means require additional consideration as I construct new relationships for what may very well be long-term work, while I get my private initiatives into motion.

This has been extra time and vitality consuming than I imagined, leading to inconsistencies with my very own initiatives.

I have to discover a higher system of time administration in any other case I’ll by no means transfer the needle by myself initiatives.

I haven’t been making use of Parkinson’s regulation sufficient and the truth that work expands to the time you give it couldn’t maintain extra true. Reminding myself of this made me put a tough cease to some work yesterday in order that I didn’t spend the remainder of the night on it.

Parkinson’s Legislation as introduce to me by Stephanie Bonnet. You may learn my interview along with her in Working Mum Knowledge part of the e-newsletter, problem quantity #25

Maybe too many issues. Here’s a abstract:

Skilled venture work:

  • When it comes to venture work I’ve been fortunate to get some straight after closing out my job. I’ve 3 paying model journalism initiatives for the time being, with yet one more within the pipeline. This has potential to usher in a great chunk of cash month-to-month.

The purpose of this work is to maintain me out there place, do some fascinating work, and have some revenue.

Private initiatives:

  • This article! I’ve seen a surge in subscribers during the last two weeks (thanks and welcome!) which is basically encouraging. I’m over 500 subscribers now and actually wish to guarantee I’m bringing worth to you all constantly.

  • I’m constructing The AI Content Co, a generative AI useful resource for content material writers & journalists. I imagine that generative AI is not going to take our jobs; those that know the right way to use it, will. The useful resource goals to chop via the noise and share what issues most, significantly for the media and communications business. Extra on that later.

  • I’ve been publishing low and medium content material books on Kindle Direct Publishing – KDP (17 to date). This has not moved ahead in any respect this yr, however it’s on the plan as it may probably be a stream of semi-passive revenue.

The purpose of my private initiatives is extra long-term, in order that at some point they will change into my full time initiatives. That is when I’ll really have time and monetary freedom.

What this doesn’t display is the quantity of labor that goes on behind all of the initiatives:

  • Analysis, writing lengthy kind

  • Interview analysis, coordination; doing the interviews and writing them up

  • Planning and creating content material for social media

  • Social media monitoring and engagement

  • Studying the right way to construct a web site, studying search engine optimisation

  • Studying the right way to self-publish

  • Admin. SO a lot admin.

I would like higher frameworks for my time and my work and have been looking for new methods. Here’s what I’m going to strive.

For my time, I’m going to strive working with Oliver Burkeman’s (best-selling creator of Four Thousand Weeks: Time administration for mortals) 3-3-3 method:

  • Spend 3 hours of deep work on my most vital present venture, having outlined some type of purpose for the progress. Burkeman claims that you could’t constantly do work that calls for critical psychological focus for greater than about 3 or 4 hours a day.

  • Full 3 shorter duties, normally pressing to-dos or duties I have been avoiding.

  • Dedicate time to 3 ‘upkeep actions’, issues that want my every day consideration so as to maintain life working easily (answering emails, scheduling content material, social media engagement).

I actually like the concept of this. It’s sensible and never over structured. Will let you understand how it goes.

For my work, (I’m referring to the method that goes behind doing all duties that requires some form of organisation of ideas, concepts, sources and recordsdata)

If you’re an everyday reader right here I take advantage of Notion for the whole lot. It’s a improbable software with so many capabilities that I haven’t even touched the floor of, which is why it’s now my Notion dump.

Simply all my work there, I do know the place the whole lot is because it’s my mess, however it’s not sustainable.

I not too long ago went to a Notion meetup within the UAE (sure I’m such a nerd haha) and found Taigo Forte’s PARA Method.

It’s primarily based on the truth that that there are solely 4 classes that embody all the knowledge in your life. Based mostly on this, you may arrange your complete recordsdata throughout gadgets, in a means that’s easy, logical and simple to seek out! See picture under.

Photograph from Tiago Forte web site

Additionally right here is an effective video abstract of it in case you are .

So that is the place I’m at. I’m additionally giving myself grace by reminding myself that I’m nonetheless in a transition section. That is solely my second month not going to an workplace. It’s been summer season holidays and we’ve been touring loads.

I’m trying ahead to the children going again to high school this week and us having a routine once more. I by no means realized the significance of a routine till I had children! 🙂

That’s all from me for now. I hope you discovered this convenient.

Wishing you an important weekend.



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