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Free Time Slime

It happened again. I didn’t structure a day, didn’t set up appointments or schedule things to do . And the next thing I know, the day is gone and I didn’t accomplish anything. Free time slime has struck again.

I picture it like the toy slime kids play with. It settles in, sticks to everything, fills every nook and cranny of my day. If I don’t schedule things to do “lunch at 12” or “phone call to partner at 1” then, all of a sudden, after being distracted by a series of shiny things, it’s 2:30 pm, I haven’t eaten, and nothing that needed to get done actually got done.

For instance, I should be recording a new book right now, but I didn’t block it out in my schedule. I opened email and there were a few client disasters that needed to be resolved. So, while I know there’s a deadline for the book, instead I’m trying to find out why a re-determination was not sent in to the state by a nursing home. It could have been resolved tomorrow, but it caught my eye and there is nothing on my calendar.

Free time slime strikes again.

This is why I usually block things out – 10-12, record book, 12-12:30 lunch. More as a reminder to make sure that I do it, that there’s a priority to the event. Or that slime will take over and fill every minute of the day!