I've been feeling all over the place for the last month and a half and am not feeling as meaningfully productive as I would hope. So I've started to think about how I can get myself more focused, organized, etc.
The main thing I'm doing is reading "Getting Things Done" by David Allen and I plan on creating a GTD system in Notion. I think this will likely help A LOT.
With that being said, I wanted to share some of the ideas I had come up with on my own. And maybe you could implement some of them in your own life?
Parkinson's Law and Stock-Sanford Corollary
P: "Work expands to the time you give it."
SS: "If it only took 5 minutes to complete at the last minute, then it only takes 5 minutes to complete."
With Covid and my current life situation, I have lots of free time on my hands. And, with that, plus the fact that I have a mind that thinks all the time and makes connections, projects that should only take 30 minutes to complete, they expand to like 2 hours.
I am completely aware of Parkinson’s Law but I have a hard time holding myself to the set period.
For example, I was planning on wrapping Xmas gifts. And I have all these boxes that I could put the gifts in and wrap them nicely. BUT, I realized, if I did this, it would probably take me much longer and I'd waste a lot of time.
And that’s where I used the corollary:
Instead, I'm just going to wrap all the gifts last minute (if I even wrap them — I'll probably throw them in a bag and add tissue paper instead).
Complimentary Tasks + Batching
Are there tasks that can be completed in the same ______?
For example, if I'm heading to the mall to return X, are there other things that I can pick up / return / whatever at the mall to get more done in 1 trip to the mall?
This one is born out of the fact that when I have a task in my head, I usually want to complete it right away. But I realized that I was wasting a lot of time by making multiple separate trips to similar areas of the city.
Checklists for reoccurring tasks
- Probably need to move office outside of the house so I can have that psychological switch from being at home (which I associate more with lounging around, doing whatever) to being at work doing work.
Other things I have considered but haven't done myself:
- Energy states
- What's the #1 thing?
Written: November 15, 2020
- This article can be paired with "Thinking in Systems"