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May 4, 2012

(Finally) Getting Things Done!

Is this series getting old? It makes me think of that ancient maxim, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, write blog posts about doing (or not doing, as the case may be).” You’ve heard that one, right?

Earlier this week, Addison came running into our room in the morning and stopped dead in her tracks, exclaiming, “WHOA! Lotta tuff here!” Yes, baby, there is a “lotta tuff” in our room. It looks like crazy, heaping, insurmountable piles to me, so I can only imagine what it looks like to someone that isn’t even three-feet tall. While I have clearly not made progress on our physical space, or my inbox (Neal now breaks down in tears whenever my inbox is mentioned), or implementing the GTD system, I have actually implemented my own personalized productivity strategy.

It’s simple. But elegant. I devote each week to one over-arching effort. The first week I did this, about three weeks ago, I was working on our physical space — cleaning files out in preparation for the free document shredding event (which I was too sick to attend, but sent Neal with a good-sized box of documents). The second week, last week, I focused on blog and personal history writing (this was strategic because it’s the easiest activity to do in bed and sitting up has been giving my neck a lot of trouble).

This week, it was simple: I wanted to finally finish and submit the financial education paper I wrote last May and presented in November. A number of unexpected things came up this week [read: life] and I’m flat-out exhausted tonight, but I pressed on, finished, and already made contact with the journal editor. I got this.

I’m pretty stoked about this new one-thing-per-week idea. I think it’s just what I need to sort of mimic that extreme focus that I was used to employing pre-Addison. I can let go of everything else for that week, and just devote my free minutes to one goal or activity. It also frees me up to adapt to the ebbs and flows of my health. If my neck is giving me problems, then it’s a blog-writing week—and I’ll just ignore all the other “tuff” lying around.

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1 Comment »

  1. Congratulations on finding a strategy that works so well for you!

    Comment by v. blanchard — May 4, 2012 @ 8:34 pm


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