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 Although it’s somewhat outdated (not as much as 7 Habits though, imho) because the system is mainly designed to be a paper-based system, GTD should still be workable electronically.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.