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Not Enough Time

I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2010, ones that I’ve set and adjusted a couple times, and thinking more about what I want to do in 2011. I’ve been forced to reluctantly admit that I cannot do all the things I want to do. That’s perhaps obvious, but not easy. There are far too many things that come along that are interesting!

My current work/volunteer schedule is aggressive, on the order of 62 hours a week. I’m working to drop that down to the 50 hour a week range by mid February, and even then that’s probably too much, but closer to sustainable and leaving some room for bursts where I want to add something that is short term.

In my notebook I’ve got a hand drawn pie chart, and I keep writing stuff down and scratching it out as I try to get the things I want into a 50 hour pie. It’s a good exercise, if frustrating! I’m looking for places where I can reduce the time it takes to do a few things, making a list of things that an intern might do, and overall trying to put things on the list that matter most to me.

Definitely not easy. Right now I spend about two hours a week blogging, time that I find relaxing and helps me to think through various things. Realistically I can’t do it faster, so the only option is to do less, if I want to save time in that area. Should I do less? That’s the question, and applies to most of the slices.

I’m trying to build the rules for what goes in/out:

  • Stay focused on financial goals (which I haven’t done as much as I should have in the past year), but not short term thinking
  • Do the things where I can make the most difference

Maybe I need one or two more, not done yet.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Tim Mitchell on 9 December 2010

Agreed, there's never enough time to keep current / keep active / work a full time job / have a life.  Been thinking about my own goals for next year, and I think it will revolve around "do less, but do it better."

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