At work, I'm always evaluating what I'm working on (or what I'm tasked with doing) against the value of the outcome. This is just natural for me. I don't like to waste time. I also don't like to do nonessential 'stuff' just to look busy or because someone else deems it important for me to do.
Time is finite.
We each have
24 hours in a day,
24 hours in a day,
How we choose to spend that time defines our success ~ mentally, physically, and spiritually. I've read in leadership books that effective leaders break their day down into 15-minute increments, which is why executive daytimers are designed this way.
I found by planning in 15-minute increments....
- your days are more productive and purposeful
- you can account for your time more accurately (and adjust where needed)
- you get annoyed when people and things cut into your day, wasting your time
- you learn to utilize time more efficiently, i.e. red lights, time commuting in public transport, even running (I've made many a list while running!)
- you plan more effectively (including scheduling workouts as protected time, just like a meeting)
Running fits nicely into this philosophy. The time we put in results in not just how we cross the finish line, but whether we cross it at all.
Often, not getting to cross it now means we'll get to later (when we're healed). A tough, but valuable lesson, indeed.
Then there's blogging.....
I could seriously blog full-time (and would like to, eventually).
But as long as blogging is still a hobby and not my FT paying gig (yet), I have to consider the
costs/investment (25 - 30 hours a week of blogging on top of my 40-hour daytime gig), which takes away from ....
- time with Hubs
- time to train
- time to read
- time to nap
- time to explore new recipes
- time to work on new projects
- time to work on other current projects....
The list is endless. The time that I'm giving (and taking away from other things) is my investment.
Last week, I enacted a 'no social media' moratorium for myself, first for 72 hours, then through most of Thanksgiving week. Twitter, FB, and blogging, be damned! :)
It was glorious!!! (A little burn-out, you suppose??)
So here are the questions I've been asking myself lately:
- Is the investment of 25 - 30 hours a week worth the return?
- What's the return on my current investment?
- Is it what I want it to be?
- What's my purpose for writing the blog(s)?
While I certainly see blogging (reading and writing) as valuable time (and can't imagine NOT blogging), I do believe, as with all things, evaulating the time I'm putting in right now (costs) vs. what I'm getting in return (benefits) is important.
The most tangible return is comments. Since they've been scant lately, I know it's time to self-evaluate. Content? Frequency? Reciprocity?
It's also time to regroup and reprioritize.
As we wind down 2010 and look ahead to 2011, this turtle runner will spend more time with Hubs, more time running, and more time doing all those other creative things she enjoys, including writing for her other* blogs and for Florida Running and Triathlon (online) ~ just a little here and there.
Fewer weekly posts to clog your inbox/Reader. Substance, yes. Stories, yes. Photos, yes.
Lots more 'Doing Good' planned for 2011: Absolutely!!
*Eating Good Stuff (a foodie resource, revisited)
*Own Your Journey (self-empowerment...)
How does blogging fit into your life?
How do you prioritize your time?
What are the benefits you seek from your blog?
Do you have a good ROI, Return on Investment?
What do you consider a 'good' ROI for your blog?
Happy running, friends....