I spent six years in business after college. Mostly as an insurance producer, but I dabbled in some other things and even owned my own for awhile there. Anyone who has a similar background (or frankly anyone in sales or marketing in any industry) is well aware of the enormous number of seminars, workshops, books, and so on that teach various skill sets and habits.
Of all the countless such things I’ve read and attended, there is one absolute which never fails to be included in the content: time management.
I won’t bore you with a regurgitation of what I’ve learned (a simple Google search can point you to some great articles). What I will say, though, is that time is without a doubt the most valuable asset we own. Which, incidentally, is a beauty in and of itself, because it’s something we all have. What we choose to do with it is ultimately what dictates the quality of our lives.
It’s a great thing, really. Time has an uncanny ability to level the playing field. We all know people who were born with a silver spoon in their hand. You know the ones – those lucky friends or acquaintances that seem to have it all handed to them. Envy brews in our minds as we see photos of their tropical vacations and ornate items.
What many of us don’t seem to grasp, for some reason, is that there someone behind all of that luxury who understood one, simple unavoidable truth: time is money (or whatever else you want it to be). Someone sacrificed, someone grinded, and someone outworked the rest to obtain those things. And, of course, gained the ability to bestow silver spoons to their loved ones or whomever they deem worth the expense.
This is a truth I wish more people really got. That we are all capable of obtaining the lives we truly want and dream of. The only thing that limits your potential is your own self-image and perception of what your potential actually is. Your own perception of your limits, so to speak. The day you truly, honestly believe you can achieve anything is the day you begin the journey to achieving it.
All that said, personally I try to remind myself of this every day. So (for my own sake as much as anyone else’s), I want to write a brief snapshot of my own time. I find that going back and reading posts from my past can really give me a sense of how far I’ve come since I first dipped my toes into writing. So here’s a quick rundown of my week.
Mondays I work at an independent insurance agency, generally from 9AM – 3:30PM. I then wait tables at a local restaurant from 4 to about PM.
Tuesdays and Thursdays I dedicate exclusively to writing (with the occasional midweek shift at the insurance agency if I’m needed). I make sure at least 4 hours are spent writing, and another 4 spent reading. I split the two with a trip to the dog park (Mr Baxter gets antsy if he’s pent up all day). If I end up having some time in the evening, I usually write some more. If not I watch documentaries on random stuff (typically sciencesy things).
Wednesdays I use my mornings for more writing, early afternoons for Mr Baxter, and wait tables from like 3PM-9PM.
Fridays essentially look just like Mondays, but my serving shift usually ends closer to 10/10:30.
Saturdays I usually try and have brunch to catch up with friends (and to maintain a semblance of a social life), and then spend some time out with Mr Baxter somewhere (trails at local parks are his fave). Then I wait tables from 3PM-10/10:30.
Sunday’s are “off days”, but recently I’ve been using them to delve into projects I’m not as familiar with. Poetry, for example, is my most recent. Sunday is also the day I use for life’s dreaded, menial tasks. Like laundry. Ugh, laundry…
Anyway, I plan to stick to that schedule until I have a good enough reason not to. At the moment I’m relentlessly committed to striking a chord with my writing. My books done okay for not having marketed it hardly at all, but I’m trying pretty aggressively to obtain a literary agent so I have someone in my corner with industry experience and a relationship or two. The sequel is finished, but I halted the publication until I have a better idea if I’ll find representation in the near future. Other than the book(s), I’ve obviously got this blog and I write for my local paper. Oh, and occasionally for a website (mytrendingstories.com). So the plan is to keep chipping away.
In any case, I suppose the main point of all this is to never give up on yourself and where you really want to go in life. No one is any better or worse than anyone else when it comes to what we’re all capable of. All that matters is how high you think you can go.
Just be sure to use your time wisely 😉
Happy holidays everyone!