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Time Management in Dog Years (Podcast 426)

This week we talk about the idea of creating an introduction video for your web site and services, as well as some thoughts on time management mistakes that I sometimes make. Also, some exciting news about a new education platform called The Arcanum, which I've just joined as a Master....

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Stew
    Posted at 22:55h, 18 June Reply

    Time management in dog years….this is so true. I get side tracked all too frequently turning a small project into more of a comedy of errors.and wasted time.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 23:11h, 18 June Reply

      For sure… 🙂

      I am generally pretty good, but these times when I have a bit of free time seem to be deadly!

  • Steven James Martin
    Posted at 00:13h, 19 June Reply

    Nice episode Martin. I’d love to be my own boss, and daydream about doing something like what you have managed. However , I guess the downside of this is that it’s very difficult to ‘switch off’ from your work – even when you know you should!

    That’s the main benefit of a 9-5 I guess – when the work day is over, you (hopefully) don’t have to think about work anymore the minute you’re out the door!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:33h, 19 June Reply

      Oh yes. I went six weeks recently until I realized that I hadn’t had a single day off. My wife is an angle, but I have to get better at taking time off, if not for myself, but for her. Just a day or so here and there should make all the difference for us both. The 9-5 was great for disconnecting. I could turn it off like a switch. My boss used to be envious. Now I’m working harder than I ever have, but the cool thing is that I love it! Dangerous place to be. 🙂

    • Steven James Martin
      Posted at 02:49h, 19 June Reply

      Dangerous but good place to be 🙂 There’s always going to be pros and cons, and often the grass is always greener, but it sounds like you’re doing great!

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:18h, 19 June Reply

      Absolutely. I wouldn’t change a thing, except for trying to be a better husband. 🙂

  • Thysje
    Posted at 03:56h, 19 June Reply

    The Arcanum? I’ve just looked through the site. Totally fascinating! Another string to your bow mentoring others! Another thing to spend more time on though… 🙂

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:21h, 19 June Reply

      Thanks Thysje! I’ve done individual consolation sessions, but I’ve never been able to come up with a mentoring model that would work, despite being asked quite often. The Arcanum provides the mechanism in a very cool environment, so I’m looking forward to it.

  • Larry Clay
    Posted at 08:02h, 19 June Reply

    Welcome to the Arcanum Martin. I am an apprentice in the Arcanum. My master is Ron Clifford. Good job on your intro video. I am looking forward to watching your critiques of your cohort and any videos you put up in the Grand Library.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:19h, 19 June Reply

      Thanks Larry! That’s cool that you’re already working with Ron. He’s really rockin’ it as far as I can see. 🙂

  • Jordan Palfrey
    Posted at 23:52h, 19 June Reply

    I know where you are coming from when talking about time off. There’s always something you could be doing!

    I find putting an hour aside everyday to exercise helps a lot, I do mine just before lunch. And if taking a day off is too much, take a morning off. I find books and an Xbox helps 🙂

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:07h, 22 June Reply

      I actually took the afternoon off on Friday and went to see the World Press Photo 14 exhibition with my wife, so I’m doing better. 🙂

  • Teacher Leo
    Posted at 01:18h, 22 June Reply

    Many thanks and congratulations on another great podcast Martin. I’m so happy I just started my Google+ account and shared some of my first shots taken with my cell…phone (sorry about that) on your community (I fear what the feedback will be like though) =) https://plus.google.com/communities/101105265892822137171/stream/a71fed14-c34b-4fea-bfeb-1b4a5fc7c0cf
    I’m delighted to be part of it now and will work hard to be worthy of everyone’s attention
    I hope you’re all doing great.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:08h, 22 June Reply

      Thanks Leo!

      I just checked out your post on G+. You have a good eye. I’m looking forward to seeing more as you grow.

  • Shane
    Posted at 19:10h, 23 June Reply

    Another great podcast Martin. I was only thinking this last weekend how I should be doing something more constructive rather than chasing the “shiny things”. For me, I just try to keep one thought in the back of my mind. “Do it NOW!”. Not later. Not when I’ve done this. Just do it now. It doesn’t get everything done, but it gets a lot of things done that previously fell through the cracks.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 22:07h, 23 June Reply

      Thanks Shane!

      You know, I’m mostly with you on the “Dot it NOW!” thing. I tend to do most things that are relatively manageable in reasonable chunks of time as soon as I can. I also follow the Eat That Frog style of doing the jobs that I least want to do first, to avoid procrastinating and putting these jobs off until tomorrow.

      The problem is, most of the jobs I have to do now are more like fried chicken than bitter ugly frogs, and it’s impossible to get them all done right now. Many large tasks have to be planned for certain blocks of time, or continuous chunks of time over many days, weeks or even months sometimes. As much as I’d love to do this kind of job right away, it would stop me doing other jobs that also simply cannot be put off.

      In general though, I’m with you, and work like that quite a lot. 🙂


  • Torben Kühle
    Posted at 04:17h, 27 June Reply

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now, great to hear that you joined the arcanum. I am registered as an apprentice there, feel free to have a look at my google+ account if you are interested.
    Your nature pictures from Japan are an inspiration. I am going to travel to Japan this autumn and look forward to see this fascinating country (will be my first time there)

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:46h, 30 June Reply

      Thanks Torben!

      I’ll be sure to check your Arcanum profile. Have a great time here in Japan. You’ll love it!

  • Leo
    Posted at 10:33h, 30 June Reply

    I’m appreciative of your work more than I can tell! Any chance to still join you cohort?

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:44h, 30 June Reply

      Thanks Leo!

      I don’t have any free spaces at the moment, but if one frees up, I’ll be sure to check out your profile.

    • Leo
      Posted at 10:57h, 30 June Reply

      Thanks for replying so soon. Not a day goes by without me checking your website/listening to your podcasts.
      Cheers man

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