My Precious Pennies

I will be AWAY until late February as we do this moving thing...again.

Ginger from Attention Target Shoppers & Tricia from 1stopmom
will be holding down the fort in the meantime - thank you so much, ladies!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What time works for you?

Unfortunately there's only 24 hours in the day, and to make the most of those 24 hours I've learned to be efficient and organized in all that I do. But all of the organizational tools and skills won't help you if your eyelids are drooping. Organization is important, but just as (if not more) important is knowing what time of day works best for you.

I'm a vampire. I don't care too much for blood, but I just come alive at night. Staying up all night is not a big deal to me...telling me that I can't get out of bed until noon is. My creative juices overflow at night, and most of my designs are often products of a midnight tryst with photoshop. I transform into a downright workaholic when it comes to organizing things at night - I've been known to completely reorganize a room between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. It helps to know this sort of information about myself, because I can plan accordingly. For example, I generally set my appointments in the afternoon so I can sleep in.

My husband, on the other hand, is an early bird. He physically finds it impossible to stay in bed after 10 A.M., but at night as soon as we get to the double-digit hours, he could fall asleep standing. It's utterly hopeless for him to do anything at night, but in the morning he works at the speed of light. I've seen him take 3 hours cleaning the kitchen at night, and then spend 30 minutes cleaning the same kitchen in the morning. If he has things to do, he will make it a point to wake up just an hour earlier to get them all done instead of dragging them out through the day.

Knowing what times work best for each of us really helps us to get things done and actually helps our relationship too. My husband doesn't even nag me to go to bed if he sees photoshop open at 10 P.M. - he knows I'll be there for a while. And I don't even bother to ask him to do anything other than sit on the couch and play with the baby after 9 P.M., because if I do I know it won't get done and I'll just get upset about it.

All the organizational skills in the world won't help you if you're fighting just to stay awake. Knowing your peak hours helps you make the most out of your day. On any given day I have a lot to fit into a mere 24-hour day, but by knowing the hours that I can get the most done in really goes a long way in finishing off that never-ending to-do list!

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