I made this image (above) last year when I was really on a "maximize my time" kick. Through experimentation and life experience I discovered that the concept is really messed up for me. Today know a little more about myself and what motivates me and what is effective for my creativity and process of working and being happy at the same time. When I am pressed for time I freeze. If I can hear a clock ticking I'm done. I go into mental and creative shutdown. This may not be the case for you but for me, it's the death null of joy, flow or productivity. It has been this way since I was a little girl and it ain't gonna change - I don't want it to change. So what that means for me and "time management" is taking into consideration that I am slow and methodical and that I need to block out time with lots of extra padding to accommodate for my devotion to my process. I like it this way. I'd rather do one thing joyfully and marinate in it than do 10 things quickly. For me, it's all about engagement in the process, not quantity. It's not about perfection, it's about presence. We never truly know how much time we have. I don't want to rush through anything.
So, I suppose I can reframe the image I made to mean something different than the ticking time bomb, stress inducer that it seems to be. Maybe I will see it as "Use my time the way it works best for me" or "lose it" as in "lose my mind because I'm trying to go too fast".
How do you work best and what can you do to support your best way of spending time?