Not Working

December 10, 2014 · 1 comment

It’s just about 10am right now and I’m at home, which is really nice.  Because I didn’t really use my vacation/personal days all that much this year (and my firm has a “use them or lose them” policy for days off), I only need to work another three days this year:  next Monday and Tuesday, and the following Monday.  Back in the office on January 5th or something like that.

Again, I’m typing on my Apple bluetooth keyboard, which is paired to my phone.  My work laptop (which is currently my only working laptop) is off and sitting in my bag right now.  I’ll pull it out later on when it’s time for me to do some more intensive internet research for xmas presents and the like, but for now it’s going to stay put away.  My out-of-office reply very specifically says that I will be checking email infrequently and that my responses will be delayed.  I thought about putting “infrequently” and “will” in italics, but fuck ‘em if they don’t read.  I may send a text to one or two trusted colleagues, telling them that if they really need me they can reach me on my personal mobile, but I haven’t decided on that just yet.  It may be a little passive-aggressive of me, but some of my colleagues need to learn respect for others’ time off – or maybe just *my* time off.

So I have a handful of lists of things to do over the next few days that I’m not working.  I’ve been riding an ok streak of productivity lately, and I’m hoping to continue to build momentum on that in order to get done some of the things that have been sitting on various to-do lists (and causing me anxiety) for a while now.

I’m still trying to figure the best way to keep track of my to-do items.  I read (most of) David Allen’s Getting Things Done and I think that’s a workable system for me.  I haven’t been able to put it into practice 100% yet, but I’m getting better.  One point I have *not* been adhering to very well is keeping all of my to-dos in a single place.  Although it’s somewhat outdated (not as much as 7 Habits though, imho) because the system is mainly designed to be a paper-based system, GTD should still be workable electronically.  (I’ve been working on – and succeeding at – becoming entirely paperless.) 

My notes are currently in two places:  Evernote and Google Keep.  Theoretically, Keep is for quick notes and Evernote is my main repository of to-dos and the like.  However, it hasn’t been working out that way.  I find that Keep is a much better mobile application than Evernote, and I don’t always switch my notes from the former to the latter.  I’m also having a little trouble incorporating Evernote into my to-do processing – especially for items that need to be completed on a daily basis.  Don’t get me wrong: I still use Evernote all day, every day, but I have a hard time using it for that “3,000 foot view” that’s required for GTD’s weekly/daily review.  I kind of wish Evernote had a function where I could have a single note that’s a checklist of daily to-dos, with the items being automatically deleted upon completion (checking the box) and then re-spawn the next day.

The biggest thing I need to work on is putting the GTD daily and weekly review processes into what passes for my current system.

Anyway, enough of that for now.  Perhaps I’ll talk about this in a little more detail later on, but I think I’ve fulfilled my daily word count at this point, so it’s time for me to get cracking on checking off those to-do items on my list.

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December 9, 2014 · 0 comments

On my Lift app, I’m a member of the group/habit #500WED (500 words every day).  I was going to start yesterday’s post with something along the lines of “more like #500WEOD (500 words every other day)” but I didn’t write 500 words yesterday.  Ah well c’est la vie.

I’m finding that I’m kind of an all-or-nothing person when it comes to developing new habits:  I feel like a failure for missing one day.  But that’s kind of a harsh view, no?  The point of the habits I’m working on (meditation, 500 words/day, vitamins, etc.) is to help me be a better and more productive person – which emphatically are not all-or-nothing propositions.  If I’m a little bit better or more productive today than I was yesterday, then I’ve succeeded.  While it’s good to try to hit the mark on all the new habits every day, not succeeding 100% isn’t equivalent to failure.  Rather, it’s motivation to do a little bit better tomorrow because I know I can.

I’m sitting on my exercise ball (another new habit) as I type this, btw.  Bouncing up and down pretty hard as I listen to my electronica via Pandora.  Lots of deleting and rewriting because bouncing and typing is HARD.

Ok, I stopped.  I’m at work, as ususal.  And waiting for someone to get back to with more details so that I can do them a favor, as usual.  I’m getting better about saying no and being less passive-aggressive in the office.  If someone tries to task me with something that’s not in my silo, I politely tell them that’s not my job.  If someone asks me to do something and I’m like “I need X, Y, and Z from you before I can get that done,” I no longer sit staring at my inbox, hating them a little more every minute that goes by that they don’t reply with what I need.  Instead, I walk over to their office and politely tell them “MOTHERFUCKER I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS SHIT.  WHEN YOU GET AN EMAIL FROM ME, READ IT AND REPLY WITH FULL ANSWERS TO MY QUESTIONS OR I WILL FUCK YOUR SHIT UP.”  I realize that it’s a little more on the aggressive side, but it’s been working so far.

379 words today.  Looks like I fail again.


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