“When will you pay the bills? Last weekend you said you will do later. One week is gone and you did nothing” – wifey said to the tired, seemingly overworked yours truly.
It has been a hectic week. I have always received feedback to improve my time management. But, how do you manage time? In fact, time always seems to have the upper hand – chasing / hunting me down. It seems to always keep running at a frantic pace, and I am somehow never able to cope up with it. I have tried planning my day many times, using the Outlook calendar to block my time to get the million (or so it seems) action items completed. But somehow, all my plans are put off by some event nor the other that happens during the day. In the office – I am usually frantically running around trying to accomplish the tasks for the day! My drive back home is almost always interrupted by a realization of task(s) I may have missed – “Oh shit! I forgot to send the update to Mr XXX”. I usually enter home after a hard day’s work, open up the laptop immediately to try and complete the things that I remembered during my drive back home.
If only time would stand still, for sometime and allow me to work at my own pace…
At home, I wonder if I spend time wisely! What could I accomplish with my time if I didn’t spend so much of it trying to open jam jars or filling up the stupid water bottles from the water filter? How many weeks have I lost rinsing out almost-empty shampoo bottles? How many months have I spent listening to a recorded message telling me how important my call is?
I also wonder how or why I metamorphose from the energetic, super-charged person (or so I believe) at office to the lazy, don’t want to work person at home. I have not been able to figure out what triggers the metamorphosis. Suddenly, once I am surrounded by the cozy comfort of home – my ability to complete any task seem to be influenced by numerous external factors.
Baseline time required to complete the task = 2 hrs
Time conversion factors based on external influence….
India’s cricket match is on -> + 7 hours (or +3 if it’s a TwentyTwenty match)
- India lost the match -> + 2 hours for sulking
- Sachin Tendulkar is batting -> Outcome depends on how well he plays, tasks may get completed that day or may not.
- Any other sports on-> + 1-2 hrs depending on interest levels
Good movie is on -> + 3 hours
Roshogolla is nearby -> + 30 minutes
Roshogolla or ice cream is a reward for completing a task -> – 30 minutes
The task involves – >
- Any sort of cleaning -> +2-4 hours
- Laundry -> +2 hours
- Paying bills online -> +4 hrs
Any other task I usually hate to do -> can range from +1 hr to + 1 year depending on how much I hate the task!
Finally, like most men (I guess), I also suffer from the “I will do it later” syndrome. Most women (generalizing based on my experience with my mom, wifey and MIL) don’t really understand the “REAL” meaning of this statement.
ME: I will do it later.
WIFEY: [Ok, he will do it once he is done doing whatever he is doing now]
ME: [I hate doing whatever you asked me to do, and I will have no intention of doing that freaking task. I am watching a super movie / sports right now, and have no intention of getting into any discussion or argument regarding this now]
Alas! Mom / MIL / Wifey just don’t get it!
Is this one of those “Men from MARS, Women from Venus” differences? What do you think?