How do you...?

...all find the hours in a day to blog and read other peoples blogs and still work?

And then exercise on top of that? Do you all have Laptops? Or do you use your cell phones to access the blogs? Can you use your cell phones that way? (Mine is very old but still works, so maybe it is time to upgrade?)

I have been covering while the boss is away, so am working full time hours. Now, this job, is really not a busy job and would be even less so if it were actually computerized properly. The boss has just talked the owner into a computer and internet, but, not into any sort of property management program that would keep track of everything. I am in the process of trying to write a database (just a mickey mouse affair) to do some of the stuff we do by hand. Yes, you read that correctly - by hand!

So, I am getting paid minimum wage to do a job that any programmer would charge $30 - $40.00/hour for. I figure it serves two purposes, I brush up my skills (which are sadly out of shape) and it looks good on a resume. Not to mention, I am doing it at my own pace, if she wants me to rush, she can pay me appropriately!

That being said, I don't have time at work to surf and read blogs and post blogs, nor do I think that is an appropriate use of my time. If I were at a job far away from where I live and stayed over the lunch hour, then I would do those things on my breaks - maybe.

So, have I totally lost my time management skills, or is there some trick I am missing that you can let me in on? Any advice would be welcome.

Good evening all.


Hilary said...

I freelance from home, and I'm nowhere near as busy as I'd like to be. I also don't post all that frequently.. I tend to average about one every five or six days. So I have plenty of time to read and comment.. and sometimes even cook dinner. ;)

the Bag Lady said...

Well, you know the Bag Lady doesn't have a 'real' job, and never sleeps much...and is a really, really good time manager (ha).
Who exercises...?

Leah J.Utas said...

Firstly, good for you for writing a database.

As for blog management, well, you'll have to sort out which ones to read every day, like mine, and those you can get to ever other day or every third day.

Of course there's the no sleep option, but I don't recommend it.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I have no idea how people do it with real jobs. And some people have hard jobs plus multiple blogs and kids and all kinds of other responsibilities.

I'm another at-home person, and I still feel like there's barely enough time to eat, exercise, etc.

I am simply in awe of much some people get done in a day.

Reb said...

Hilary, good for you for freelancing, I wish I did something well enough that I could do it from home.

Sis, um yeah, I didn't really have you in mind when I was asking, because I know you don't sleep much and are so full of energy all the time.

Leah, thank you. Yes, of course, yours will always be one I read every day. As for the no sleep, not an option, I'm exhausted getting up at 8.00 while the boss is away. I can hardly wait 'til I get a real job and have to get up at 5.00 or some other ungodly hour to make a commute :(

Reb said...

Crabby, we posted at the same time! I didn't know you were an at-home person. I too am in awe of the things some people can do with their time.

I guess, I am going to have to learn to read faster or something.

soap box girl said...

I'm a graduate student/lecturer, which gives me a lot of free time. I also have a laptop. So I work/write, take a break, read online for a bit, and then get back to writing.

Reb said...

Soap Box Girl, sounds like you are busy though. I guess as an office grunt, I will have to (when I get a real job) use my lunch breaks. I will have two 30 minute bus rides (at least) which I will continue to use to read novels until I can afford to get a laptop, or a phone with internet.

Penelope said...

Karen has a "real job". I asked her about this and she said she doesn't surf much at work, as her agenda is to get out ASAP. She surfs at home while vegging on the couch watching bad television.

-- P

P.S.: It's 82 degrees outside. So much for needing snow tires.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Reb,

I am a writer. I write at home. I try not to surf.

I have about 10 to 12 blogs that I visit and I try to see each of them a few times a week. I share my own blog with more than a half dozen other women so I don't have to post often.

I do try to exercise at least a half hour a day but that is more from medical necessity (diabetes) than because I love it.


Reb said...

Penelope, thanks for asking Karen about this. I guess, I will have to move my computer so I can see the telly while I am surfing. Oh and thanks for the weather update, it is a bit warmer here today right now it is about -3 C, which is about 26 F with a windchill making it feel like only 14 F.

Hi Terrie (not my Sis),
I wish I was talented enough to do something from home and make money at it. I try not to surf daily too, but, it is almost like a drug! You can learn so much!
I do exercises for medical reasons too, but some of these bloggers, it seems they spend hours doing workouts! Makes you wonder if they sleep.