Time mismanagement

Work, mail, bloglines, reading forums, blogging: pick any three, because that’s all there’s time for. I’m leaning toward saying “screw it” to email today and just blogging instead. I’ve got to train some people for a couple hours, but then maybe I’ll circle back ’round.

22 Responses to Time mismanagement (Leave a comment)

  1. Aaron Pratt

    I am not as busy as you but boy can I relate, email for someone like you must be out of control.

    About people flooding your posts with unrelated stuff:

    If it is harder to contact Mr. Cutts via email now how about creating a new solution, like a little box in the corner of your blog that allows people to send things that they feel should not be talked about in your blog. All this would be emailed to you in one tight little packet or you could transfer it too your team? I can see two things that your algorithm is confusing on my websites, they are major things that I would like you to know about but believe it is a waste of time posting within unrelated threads…

    Have time to read this? Sorry…get a pair of ninja socks and go out on a neighborhood watch to relieve stress, you are a funny man Mr. Cutts. 😀

  2. I second Aaron’s comment about having an area where people can submit things unrelated to the blog.

    All though then you might have to go from “pick any three” to “pick any two”.

  3. I dont understand how you guys have time to comment so much on others blogs =P

  4. Whoops. Guess I should have read this blog post first.

    In another blog post, I suggested a forum with some mods to take care of this type of thing. I’ve had the thought for a while, though.

  5. One more thing, Matt.

    Lean toward blogigng. Your blog fans are way cooler (at least I am.) 😉

  6. Drink a beer – it’s Friday isn’t it? 😉

  7. If I know I’m going to have a busy workday (happily, they’re not all busy), I just don’t open certain applications — usually the RSS aggregator. That’ll give me a couple of extra hours for the day, but the next day I’ll have to try to catch up on my reading, which means I’ll have to make quick judgements about which items will have to be skipped.

  8. Matt – I vote for more blogging! Maybe you could talk Sergey and Larry into joining the blog mania? Can’t understand it if you don’t do it.

    At WMW Las Vegas you and the Organic Reviews were VERY popular, so here’s an idea for your 20% project: Open a “Site Review” Forum in conjunction with Danny and Brett.

    The ONLY topic in the forum will be site reviews – people submit them, you and other participants critique them, all can watch and comment. WMW suffers from not allowing URL disclosure even when it would help people understand wazzup with a site.

    The simplified version of this would be to run it off this blog in a site review section.

  9. Maybe you could run AdSense on your blog to justify the time spent on it, Matt. 😉

    Joe Hunkins, a suggestion for you good sir: while you won’t find Matt or Danny or Brett at this particular place, WebProWorld has a site review section.

  10. Matt,

    You need to slow down son, learn to relax, make sure you have time to go out to lunch every day and for the love of god squeeze in a couple of pints.

    Yound jedi, if you need help in this dept. I’m just up the road a tad on the 101, just ask for Maser Bill 😉

    Hell, I’ll even buy the pizza and the 1st pitcher of beer – I’m sure we can convince Martini bust to join us on a moments notice.

  11. Good god I shouldn’t post after drinking gin, that’s YOUNG jedi and MASTER bill.

    Just shoot me.

  12. Yes, I was wondering why you hadn’t responded to my last email 🙂

  13. Lol,.. getting a little frustrated Matt?

  14. Aaron Pratt

    Peter (from SEOWORKS) I would change your name a bit to not get mixed in with that spammer who also is named peter. 🙂

  15. Stephen

    Hi Matt

    The test DC ready for feedback yet ?

  16. Matt

    Bob, an excellent piece of advice. 🙂 It’s a shame that RSS reading is among the most fun things to do in a day. 🙂

  17. best way to catch up is to ignore it all for two weeks…people forget they wrote you, etc…then you can catch them by surprise 😉

  18. Hey Guys… Nice blog Matt. I vote for more blogging also! Thats my plan too Spider Ninja.

  19. Time management is so essential today in running a business. How many days have flown by where you finish your last email reply, checked the blogs you follow, return a phone call or two, and find that you already missed lunch.

    Somthing I have found that work for me in scheduling me week out in advance.
    I dedicated blocks of time to specific tasks, and make sure I stay on task and do not exceed the time alotted. ie, monday from 9-11, I catch up on the blogs I follow, from 11-12 I read and reply to email. If there is more email than I can get to in 1 hour, ot has to wait until my next scheduled email check at 4.

    This is the only way I have found to stay focused on what is in front of me. If I dont do this, I find myself jumping between 20 tasks at once and not doing any of them very well. just 2 cents for ya

  20. I just set aside a specific time of the day to check emails and calls. Otherwise I ignore emails and ignore calls. On my phone I leave a message which says:

    “I answer my messages between 9:30 and 10am and 4:30 and 5 pm please specifiy the time which is most suitable for me to call you back”

    If you want to get anything done well you need focused attention. I’ve talked a couple of multi millionaires and they don’t even own cell phones for this reason.

  21. So true Hone Watson…you need some time to reflex and regenerate otherwise you are always replying.

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