Birding, Blogging, and Time Management

One of the things I have come to appreciate since I started blogging is the time it takes to create a good blog.  Especially one like Biking for Birds that is updated daily. The time that it takes to write a blog, proofread, and add pictures is more than I thought it would be.  But I am not complaining since it has made me a better birder since I now take the time to research something before publishing.

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Not enough time to get everything done…

So with the extra time I have added to my life blogging I have had to go back to figuring out how to get everything I want to do done.  I don’t want to cut out anything.  Especially actually being out in the field birding, which I want to add more time.  So I go back to what I have done for the last 20 years.  In the mid 90’s I read Time Tactics of Very Successful People by B. Eugene Griessman which discusses how successful people from all fields get things done.  I have followed several of those things over the years but one key thing I took away from the book was blocking out a period of time to get accomplish tasks.

Time Tactics of Very Successful People

It’s not a knew concept but if you want to get something done you have to set aside the time and do it.  Usually at the expense of something else.  But I have found the something else is usually time wasted in front of some form of video – TV or internet.  So if I want to spend more time in the field birding then I have plan to be out every Tuesday night after work.  My current hours per week in the field are around 5-6 hours per week but I want them in the 8-10 hour range.  As I posted a while back to be successful in finding uncommon birds I need to be birding a minimum of 8 hours per week and closer to 10-12 hours.

A Merlin that was the result of spending extra time in the field.  Last April for about 2 weeks I would go home by a flooded field and scan for shorebirds. One night someone else was scanning looking for supper.  Johnson County 04/27/14

A Merlin that was the result of spending extra time in the field. Last April for about 2 weeks I would go home by a flooded field and scan for shorebirds. One night someone else was scanning looking for supper. Johnson County 04/21/14

I also have found that I write much better away from home, like at the local Starbucks.  If I try to write at home there are just to many distractions. So I need to set aside time to go somewhere and write. I once heard an interview on the radio discussing a very successful children’s author.  They said that everyday from 10AM to 12PM and 4-6PM he would go out to a small studio on his property and write.  He said that if writing was that important, then block out time and write. Of course this concept can pertain to anything in life, not just birding or writing.

So if you are letting other things keeping you from birding, them block out a period of time, and go birding!

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