"I don't have time for this!"
How many times have you thought this to yourself because dating is time-consuming. Yes, you're right. It is time-consuming. However, just squeezing some time between your deadlines and demanding clients isn't your solution.
Let's step back for a minute.
How long are you planning to keep this up?
Think about it. If you're thinking about having your own family, you just can't squeeze your family between your work.
You may think that you will be able to rearrange your work only when you have a husband and children. However, your clients expectation of you will not have changed unless YOU change it.
What am I saying?
You need to start the groundwork now so that you'll be able to spend time with your family when you have it. In other words, this is not about time management, not just putting out the fire in front of you, but about looking for the source of fire and fixing it.
A week goes by so fast, doesn't it? What about a month? A year?
Maybe this is the time for you to STOP just temporarily and think about your ground work and see what you're going to get in the future.
Here are three areas that you want to pay attention to if you are struggling to find time besides work:
If you have been saying yes to all the requests from your clients no matter how unreasonable they are, you might have set yourself up for failure. You have not been managing others' expectations of you, you are expected to meet their demands anytime they want. What you could do is to be proactive. For example, you let them know you need their request by Wednesday to meet the deadline on Friday morning. If they don't give you what you need by the time you need it to keep THEIR deadline, you still performed your responsibility by communicating what you need from them. This doesn't promise that they won't do it again, but you are still keeping your stand.
If you are still letting the problem happening, ask yourself what it means to you. Being on demand at work means that you feel like you're needed and important? If that's the drive, you need to ask yourself if you are needing this demanding client because you don't see the value in yourself.
When you receive the demanding phone call on Friday afternoon, pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Are you relieved because you will have something to do on Friday evening instead of going home to an empty apartment alone? Are you wearing your Medal of Honor because you're the one who is chosen, not your team members?
However, because you keep letting it happen, you don't have time for your happiness and life experiences. And you don't have time to plan for the future.
Friday come again soon. Don't miss another Friday evening because you just didn't notice the time is passing by.