I don’t know where I would be without my to-do list.
It’s true. Everything that needs to get done for the week, the month, the year, it’s all there, on a fancy website called Toodledo. I decided to go electronic because I got tired of having post-its and papers all over the place. Plus Toodledo has an app, so I can sync it with my iPhone or iPad and I can add tasks from anywhere! It’s fantastic! (And I am definitely broadcasting my nerdiness by being so excited about it, haha).
Anyway, what keeps me focused is deadlines, deadlines, DEADLINES. Want me to get something done for you? Give me a deadline and I’ll have it done. I have ever rarely missed a deadline, and if I have, something must have been terribly wrong. When it comes to deliverables, I’m always your lady who can and will deliver.
My work ethic was ingrained in me ever since I was in school. As soon as I got home from school, I would go straight to the table and do homework. By the time I got to college, I was an assignment machine. I never ever procrastinated. In fact, oftentimes I wrote papers two weeks in advance. I never in my entire life pulled an all-nighter to get something done. Friends have asked if I ever sleep. I do! In fact, I really like sleeping. I guess I just mastered the art of good time management over the years.
I posted this Huffington Post article about Type A Personalities on my Facebook timeline because it describes me to a T. I get very anxious when I’m doing nothing, and sometimes it is hard for me to relax and not think about work.
Work-Life Balance has always been a struggle for me, especially as a graduate student. But I’m definitely getting better. I’m making time to pursue my passions, whether its through singing with the Richmond Women’s Chorus or joining a small group at my church. I’m getting out there and meeting people, and I’m loving every minute of it.
So yes, of course the work will get done, but this year, I’m having some fun too, and I’m excited. 🙂