One of my biggest time management challenges is allowing enough time for each errand or task of the day. I am not strong at estimating how long something will take, or allowing for the inevitable interruptions or setbacks (i.e. from technology) that come my way. Sometimes I think there is a deeper reason for this than simply underestimating. It can become a heart issue, based in some fears, such as the following:
Fear of boredom. I am the kind of person that really enjoys being reasonably busy–meaning that I have plenty to do but like to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think I fear being bored, so I enjoy having valuable tasks ahead for the day. But I can easily reach the tipping point of having too many tasks on the list and then get stressed trying to meet all the self-imposed expectations.
Fear of insignificance. I like to do things that cause people to think, to change, and to grow. In a strengths finder assessment, one of my strengths is significance–the desire to be important to people and do important things. But I can allow my personal drive to prove myself significant to cause me stress and pressure.
Fear of failure. I get a rush out of accomplishing a lot in a day. So I keep going because I don’t like the feeling of things being left undone. I was valedictorian in high school and have always been at least somewhat driven by achievement. I don’t like to fail at something and want to do a lot of things naturally well, sometimes without having to put a lot of work into it.
Fear of work. this may sound counterintuitive since I have workaholic tendencies. But, sometimes, hidden in that, is a laziness. For example, I can be on Facebook for an unreasonable amount of time each day. I can get a lot done because I’m fast, but that doesn’t mean I always do things well or give them enough thought in the process.
I could apply some time management principles to this, but the bottom line is that my fear(s) interrupt me sometimes from being truly productive and embracing each day. How about you?