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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 β€” I'll probably throw them in a bag and add tissue paper instead).

Eisenhower Matrix

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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.

STOP Skill

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Checklists for reoccurring tasks

Morning
Hockey checklist
Hockey practice checklist
Week Night
Saturday Tasks

Physical change

  • 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.

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Other things I have considered but haven't done myself:

  • Energy states
  • What's the #1 thing?

Written: November 15, 2020

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