(Tell us your tried and true techniques for focusing when that deadline looms and you need to get work done. In other words, how do you avoid wasted days and wasted nights?)
Dare I admit that nothing motivates me like the last minute?
I’ve done some of my best work at the last minute. Most of my papers written during my master’s work were done at the last minute.
I don’t consider time not used “productively,” whatever that means, to be wasted time unless I was just sitting there staring at nothing. And even that isn’t all bad!
Some people are geared to be busy every single solitary moment of their day. That’s fine for them. I am NOT geared that way, and I’d be a cranky mess if I had too many days in a row with no time to “waste.” For me, down time is essential. Even if I’m doing nothing more than playing a game of Solitaire online, my mind is still working, thinking, planning, pondering.
Don’t misunderstand me. I get a lot done in the course of my day. Most people who know me would probably tell you that I’m hardworking, efficient, organized. I’m not lazy. I don’t let my life drift by while I vegetate. I just don’t look at time spent resting, reading, relaxing, as wasted time.
We all need to vegetate a little now and then. There’s always the last minute in which to get things done 🙂