Monday, August 10, 2009

Finding Time

We always talk about "finding time" and "managing time", but of course we can't manage time -- it's going to tick by regardless. We can manage what we do, what we choose to do, what we accept from others. I'm failing, I have so much I have chosen to do. The queue length is increasing and I have so much pouring in from others (wife and work) that I need to say "no" to something. But to what?
Effective executives start with their time.

"Know thyself," the old prescription for wisdom, is almost impossibly difficult for mortal men. But everyone can follow the injunction "Know thy time" if one wants to, and be well on the road toward contribution and effectiveness.
--Peter Drucker

Most of the "no's" seem to be related to my personal projects. I have a few awesome code projects bubbling up to the surface. I've got a neat Moose+Catalyst app that I'd like to toss together and integrate into Facebook, and that whole project is just to encourage me along my other goals.

I'd like to have this ready to present to the Mongers, but when? And I need to send out invites for this month's Monger and especially find someone to present, since my scheduled speaker is talking of bailing -- because he too is too busy with work. Also, I finally have webdav access to the los angelese perl mongers site, so now that needs to get brought "up-to-date".

When will I get the time to hack around again?

While looking for a nice Drucker quote, I came across this article on Time Management looks interesting. Maybe if I had the time to read it...

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