Time Management

My dad always likes to say that everyone has the same 24 hours as the guy next them. It doesn’t matter if you’re the President of the United States, or the 23-year-old college graduate who just landed his first job in the real world. From the time the sun rises to the time our heads hit the pillow, it is important to remember that we all have the same amount of time to get things done.      

So how do we manage our time after a long day at the office? Some of us like to unwind with our favorite episode of Game of Thrones, while others hit the gym and work out the stress of the day through sweat and tears. I used to think I belonged in the latter half of that category, usually without the tears portion. Now that I am finished with long hours on the stationary bike and with the long summer days spread out before me, I find that being active and pushing my physical boundaries is more more than ever before.      

Setting goals of a physical nature has become one of my favorite ways of measuring my progress in life. When I reach that point we all must eventually reach and look back on the pages of my life, I want to be able to say I did this, or accomplished that, especially before other responsibilities like an established career or a marriage hinder my ability to carry out these goals.      

Now that I have started my new job, I have been forced to consolidate my time into more manageable chunks in order to achieve my goals. Specifically the marathon I plan on running in October. I’ve only just finished my second day and it has provided challenging. But I have really grown to enjoy the people I work with as they help me learn the business and meet these challenges head on.      

However, with work comes responsibility, especially in a profession as time consuming as advertising. While I really enjoy myself at work, there are times that I look at the clock and feel my head suddenly spinning at the amount of time that has flown by. Where does it all go! During my interview for my position, I asked my interviewer how exactly to best manage my time if I were to get the job. I explained my goal of running the marathon and the training involved.      

She looked at me and simply said, “Get up early, because your evenings will usually be spent in the office.”      

It all comes back to the 24-hour credo that my father likes to lay down. There is time for work and time for play. I myself plan on utilizing every minute I have in chasing down my goal, leaving it on the road, and looking back once again at something I never thought I could achieve and be content in the knowledge that I proved myself wrong again.      

The nature of this new goal is somewhat different in several ways. The most notable is that my father will not be participating in this effort with me. While my mother has expressed interest in running the half-marathon while I ambitiously shoot for the whole one, there is just something about having someone else holding you accountable that really helped keep me coming back to the bike even when I would have rather made up any kind of lame excuse. For now, it’s just going to be my sneakers, a good playlist, the road, and me.      

Today was my first running day since last week and I only went 4 miles. I took off a few days in order to recover from the much-anticipated celebration of the weekend as we threw a large party to commend our successful crossing of America by bicycle. We had friends and neighbors from all over come to wish us well and marvel at our combined insanity. There was much wine and merriment, but it all comes at a price. I didn’t move much off the couch but my heart was full and my spirit was high.      

Tomorrow I’ll be shooting for three miles, nothing too crazy as I am still just starting to make the transition from two wheels to two legs. But just like the bike trip, you need to take it one day at a time, and break it down into manageable portions or you will either hurt yourself, or get overwhelmed.

Danielle Rivenbark