Help/Suggestions Appreciated for a New Comer to this site.
I am new to this site and so glad I found it. I realized I needed help when procrastination and being late (a lot) started to impact personal relationships and work. There are a couple of places that I need some practical advice from seasoned people out there - what things have you learned to do that help you get things done day to day and be on time.
I work from home - which is fine when I am super busy, but when I am not billable or just average busy I tend to slack off or find myself leaving things to the 11th hour until I feel that pressure to get the task/project done. Most of the time the pressure is enough to give me that adrenaline (sp?) boost and I get it done. But of late I have gotten into tricky situations where I underestimated how hard the task was and ended up risking my job. Prior to that I have always 'gotten away with it' or 'squeaked by' somehow - primarily because I was very good at what I do. Now I'm in a role that is more challenging but I have the same mentality that "I'm a pro at this I can get it done with my eyes closed" - not the case at all - this job is wayyyyy more difficult, much more senior (to the point that I feel lost in it sometimes because there is so much to learn) I can't get away with it anymore. Something has to change - and it's going to start NOW. I am putting my first foot forward in the right direction.
I am allowed to take 2-4 hours off in the day time - I just need to get my work done. My manager is in a different country than I and I go weeks without speaking to anyone (when I'm not on an active project).....I guess for a 'people' person it gets lonely at times and is harder to learn when there is no one to 'bounce things off of'.
Right now I am working on training - self training, so it is really hard in the sense that I have to motivate myself to read manuals, take on-line tutorials, etc. and this is not billable so there is no 'reward' per se or recognition for doing this. I also worry that when I'm not billable that the company may make cut-backs (negative energy I don't want to focus on that).
The other factor is that my 'home' computer - the one I use for non-work is in the same 'home office' that I use for work....net,net it's very easy to go on to the net when I'm working. Although, I really don't use it much - maybe just as I'm doing now or to check my personal e:mail a couple of times througout the day or turn my iTurnes on while I'm working.
Personal / Business Lateness
I have now earned the reputation of being the 'late one'. :-(::sad:: It makes me want to cry - it makes me really sad deep down inside as this is the first time I have ever admitted this to the point of writing it down. Wow, I didn't realize how upset that made me. My family and friends refer to me as the late one so that really hurts. It's true though.
Why am I late for things - I really don't know. Sometimes I don't know what to wear, underestimate how long it really takes to get ready - I'm constantly scurrying around looking for books/notepads (for work meetings), wrapping a hostess gift, doing my hair, changing clothes, tidying up the house, etc. I am always late - period. I don't know why - it's frustrating.
The odd occassion that I have been on time, there was no stress and when I arrived early in my head I thought "that was a waste, I could have used that 15 minutes doing xyz". There was also no pressure so it wasn't exciting to have to rush then get the pleasure that I actually might make it on time. I know it sounds screwed up. I'm really not but obviously I need some help in this department.
Okay, I'm going to make a to-do list and get to work.
I am open to receiving as much feedback/direction/things you have learned from everyone on here!!!!!