On the importance of time

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I took time out of my day yesterday to go to the nail shop for my long overdue mani/pedi. I normally go every two weeks, but because I’ve been so busy with reporting and writing, I hadn’t been in a month.

As I sat there getting my services, I found myself constantly watching the clock. I had blocked the time off on my calendar, and I stuck to my appointment, but I only allowed an hour to be in the shop, which is normally how quickly they can get me in and out.

The man who usually does my manicure was not there, and another woman did the work in his place, and she was a little on the slow side, so what is normally a 60-minute service turned into a 90-minute service, and all I could think about was how that was going to throw my entire day off.

I’ve gotten into the habit of blocking things off on my schedule every day. If there is something that I have to do, it goes on the schedule, and I make a set time for it.

That nail appointment threw my afternoon schedule off yesterday. I recovered, because if nothing else, I’ve learned to be adaptable, but as I was lying in bed last night, I thought about how paranoid I got when they started going over the allotted time.

I flash back to a conversation I had with my best friend about how we get 86,400 seconds each day, and it’s the kind of bank account that you can only withdraw from, but not add to.

I’m growing to a point where I don’t want to waste the funds in that account. I want to make every second, minute, and hour of my day count in some substantial way.

I don’t feel guilty about the 90 minutes I spent in the nail shop. That’s a form of self care that I will not turn away from; I love pretty feet and hands, and they make me feel good about myself.

I’m just glad that the trip to the nail shop made me remember how important my time is to me, and furthered my resolve to not waste any of it.

Aside

part of the learning process is knowing when to say when…

As much as I would love to compete for the columnist position again this year, I know that I don’t have it in my time budget to do a good job at it. I’m doing course work at two separate schools, editing two pages in the paper and handling all social media accounts for the news organization, writing for the magazine and freelancing. There’s already a limited amount of hours for me to do that. I think I will just stick with what I have and give someone else a shot at shining.

a week later…

Has it really been over a week since I last posted?

My intention for this blog was to post something every single day. I could sit here, make an excuse and say, “Something always gets in the way,” but the truth is, writers are always writing, and I should always be writing on this blog.

When Kate initially gave us the instructions for creating and maintaining our blogs, she said that we should write the blogs as if we were writing them for students in J1 who were interested in reading about what it is like to work on a college paper. I really want to be able to provide that insight.

Time is of the essence in journalism, and most especially in student journalism, where you might be juggling 5 classes at once. I started the semester out with five, but I had to drop one of them because it was on a the Compton campus two days a week, and that was two days I wasn’t at Torrance and wasn’t able to fully focus on getting information and interviews for my stories.

My schedule is now in a place where I can better manage my time, yet I still fail on occasion. I’m taking two online classes (Psych 5 and English 1C) and two journalism production classes (J11 – newspaper production and J14 – Multimedia Journalism), and what I notice is that journalism tends to take over my life, leaving me remembering that I do have two other classes often at the last minute before assignments are do.

I want to get better at this.

Week seven is a little late in the game to be thinking so deeply on this topic, but I am actually getting good grades in the two non-journalism classes (An ‘A’ in English and a very high B in psychology). Still, I am always assessing and always looking for ways to improve my game.

The other improvement that I want to make is daily blogging. Through blogging, I can improve my writing skills. I can also share with you what this crazy journalism student life is like.

And that is what this is all about anyway, right?