I don't recall having much trouble with time management in my life before now. (Keep in mind that my chronic illnesses have wiped a lot of my memory, so that's worth taking with a bit of salt.) However, since descending into severe chronic illness and then a little ways out again, I've been struggling. It's kind of funny because my chronic fatigue means I'm much more limited by my energy than by time, unlike most people, but of course, any change in life means adjustments to how you manage time.
When I became extremely ill in 2016, I was so low on energy that I couldn't do much with my time besides sleep, watch Netflix, and scroll through social media. (I also did read books and do a little writing, both in a lower amount than before.) By the time I started improving, I was almost running out of movies/TV to watch, which is not a common complaint. I was also very thoroughly entrenched in social media. I've always loved it, after all, ever since I first illicitly joined Facebook in high school. I love being able to interact with others through writing, which comes more naturally to me than in-person interactions, and I love learning from and enjoying content from people all over the world. Social media is perfect for someone like me, and with my disabilities, it's become most of my social life as well. It's proven to be pretty effective at keeping me from feeling lonely or isolated.
However, as my illnesses have improved, making it possible for me to spend more time on editing and writing and the like, social media in particular has become an issue. Most people aren't active on six different social media websites--with two profiles on one of them and three on another. I've been loathe to let go of my beloved social media, with how much I enjoy it, but time management, like life with chronic illness, is all about prioritizing. Social media is a priority for me, and a pretty low-energy one at that. But keeping up with my reading is an even higher priority, and I've been struggling there (well, struggling for me). Church, writing, and editing are also higher priorities for me than social media.
So I've been making adjustments both as my health has improved and as I've gotten more editing clients. I've decided which social media websites I enjoy the most, and I've reduced activity on the others. (I've also deleted a few games from my phone that I liked but did not see a whole lot of use to personally.)
One of the first things I did was make Twitter my primary social media website in place of Facebook. I followed the pages I'd been following on Facebook on Twitter instead and then unfollowed on Facebook everything that wasn't local news or people I know. Now I visit Facebook a couple times a week, maybe, instead of every day. I was a little sad about that, because Facebook was the original for me, but it's definitely #uncool these days. Plus, Twitter is my fave!
Next, after having gone double on Tumblr with a bookish profile and a fandom profile, I finally decided that, although Tumblr is my second favorite social media site, having two profiles was unwieldy and a timesuck and also kind of ridiculous. So I merged them back together again, which was an incredibly long process. I had to reblog with my older fandom blog everything I'd blogged on my new bookish blog, which took months. I finally finished it in December, thank goodness, and then I deleted the bookish blog.
Then I decided to reduce my Pinterest usage. That was a difficult choice for me. I've been on Pinterest the second longest, and while it and Tumblr ended up serving a lot of the same function for me, I like how well-organized Pinterest is. But Tumblr is much more active and social and fun, and I couldn't justify them both in the end. So I deleted most of my Pinterest boards, and while I am still on it, I now use it primarily as a place to save things I want to keep on hand and as a moodboard inspiration site for writing.
Finally, I decided to delete my Kira B. Edits Facebook page. Most of my attention on Facebook was now focused on my pages and not my personal profile, but I struggled to run the Kira B. Edits page in a way that felt natural and fun. When I was considering more ways to manage my time better, that page came to mind. My business hasn't gotten anything out of it, as I said in last week's post, so I decided to move some of the info on that page over to my longer-running Kira Brighton: Writer page and then delete the Kira B. Edits page. No regrets on that one.
With all that done, I rearranged my icons on the sidebar here in order of usage. (The G+ symbol is for Goodreads, by the way, not Google+. Weebly doesn't have a Goodreads symbol, but they do have the G+ one, even though Google+ no longer exists. *shrugs*)
I did all of this in the nick of time, as it turns out, because now that I'm working with Scribbr, I'm busier than I've been in years! I'm enjoying it, but I think I'd be much less happy if I were scrambling to time manage. There's a little strain still, juggling editing projects, but nothing serious.
I can't imagine, however, how workers doing 40+ hours a week manage it. I'm able to do somewhere between 10 and 20 hours a week, depending on the week, but I also freelance on Saturdays. Like, doing eight full hours of work in one day? Geez. (Of course, most adults don't sleep ten to twelve hours a day the way I do, but c'est la vie..)
Talk to me, friends! What kinds of things have you done to manage your time better?
My next post, in February, will be an "on this day in my history."
Image via Megan_Rexazin on Pixabay.
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