Sometimes, Brenda and I spend hours trying to figure out what we should not be doing; I expect probably some of those hours could go on that list. . . but she’s still so fun. Enjoy her thoughts on time-management.

I prioritize by levels of procrastination. I have a fundraiser coming up on September 24th so now that I’m within 1.5 months it’s crunch time to begin signing people up, get the t-shirt design finalized and work on promotion. In November I have the opportunity to play tuba in a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. I figure I have 3 months to “shape up” my playing, but have I started yet? No. I have an end of year goal to finish writing my memoir. That falls on a low priority list because I have until the end of the year.

Balance is not my strong suit. I have always worked best at the very last minute. It is what I have done throughout my educational studies. I received good grades, why change now?

The older I get the more I realize that life is always about balance. When I wait until the last minute to complete a task I place stress on myself that my body and brain cannot handle. I get sad, depressed and push others away in order to finish the project. So now I see the problem, but where lies the solution?

I polled my followers on Twitter and here’s some tips that I received:

* MontanaMonica – To focus on one task at a time, and really focus, not multi-tasking.
* Deuscain – Strict (but reasonable), self-imposed deadlines.
* BeckyWoodH – Anger! I guess it motivates me.
* Jacksvalentine – Accountability… Promise someone they will have x words to read by ____. Have them hassle you, it’s why editing and revision are so important.
* Mamelamw – Making a list, then blasting punk rock.
* KTDeeds – Organize tasks beginning of day, assign priority. Allow for last minute adds.

I’m all about the anger and punk rock, but focusing on one thing at a time, self imposed deadlines, accountability to others, sticking to a list and organizing tasks? These are all things that I struggle with. I pride myself on being the BEST multitasker around. I meet deadlines, albeit last minute. I stay accountable by meeting those deadlines. I make lists but forget to look at them, let alone organize them! Even though I get things done, I’m not the most efficient, and definitely have areas to improve upon.

Sometimes instead of making goals to yourself, you need to commit those goals to others to hold you accountable. In addition, making a focus list each day can only help me to make sure things are getting accomplished and there will be time at the end for changes, edits, and redrafts. Let’s start this journey towards completion together. Want to keep me accountable? Harass me directly on Twitter.

B.L. Boitson is a freelance writer and blogger whose topics include travel, events, and businesses in central Pennsylvania, and also works full time at an architectural firm. Most recently, however, her writing has shifted in focus to the loss of her husband in October 2008 to a rare form of cancer. Widowed at just 24, Brenda is now an advocate for sarcoma cancer, and is working to change how society discusses grief and accepts those grieving at an early age. You can find her at the Crazy Widow Blog, through the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and on Facebook. Brenda Boitson