Time Management

Dragging My Heels

I hate to shop, so the advent of on-line shopping has been a blessing for me. Since I do a lot of on-line purchasing, I also do a fair bit of returning. I’m usually pretty good about packaging up the stuff I don’t want and sending it back the next day, or maybe the day after that. However, there was one package that sat around for almost two weeks. I couldn’t get myself to do it! Usually the visual cue of the box near…

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The Prepared Mind

I took a week’s vacation last week. I didn’t go anywhere. But I was directing an off-off-Broadway musical, and it was Tech Week (known more affectionately in the biz as Hell Week). After two months of a more leisurely rehearsal schedule, we had rehearsals every night until 11 pm.  The show opened on Friday night, and we needed to get everything just right — not just the performances but the costumes, sets, props, lighting, et al. — before meeting our first paying…

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Thoughts on Time Management

I’ve been home recovering from a cold for the last three days, so I’ve had an opportunity to step back and observe myself when I am on an unstructured schedule.  Specifically, I’ve been able to see how I use my time when I have “all the time in the world”. This has been a particularly busy time for me.  In addition to a full client load, I am directing an off-off-Broadway musical which opens in two weeks, which means that free time…

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One Shelf at a Time

I have been cleaning out my refrigerator. It has taken several weeks, and I’m still not done. Why so slow? Because I have been doing it one shelf at a time. It started back in August when I noticed that my crisper drawer was completely empty. This is an unusual occurrence for us since we like to keep fruits and vegetables on hand. I decided to take advantage of its emptiness and give it a good scrubbing. It looked so good…

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Packing Up

We took our 18-year old daughter to college a few days ago. It was a huge undertaking – physically, emotionally, and of course, organizationally. As I’ve mentioned before, I deal with emotional upheaval by getting organized. (See Love, Loss, and Organizing). Getting my daughter and all her stuff to school was a logistical puzzle that kept me focused and helped keep the emotions at bay. Before I go on vacation, admiring friends often say to me one or two weeks before, “I bet…

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