Andi Winter

Writer, Reader, Tea Drinker, Chrononaut

Month: February 2019

Snow day

A little late in posting, but thought you might enjoy this taste of the crazy (for the Portland area) snow earlier this week.

snowy back deck

the 2nd round of 4″ of snow on the back deck

We still have some snow on the ground, but just the barest hint.

Winter arrived at last!

To-Do List overwhelm? Try this

I’ve been feeling twitchy lately—that angsty-I-can’t-sit-still feeling. Just when I start to tackle my To-Do list, darn if I don’t have to get a tea refill, or find the answer to an incredibly important question (“What is the difference between ‘copy that’ and ‘roger’?”*), or check email.

Hours later, I’m kicking myself because I didn’t get to the real things I needed, or worse wanted, to do.

Well, crap.

You’d think it would be easy enough to just call a do-over and start again.

Ha. No.

The guilt. The shame. The additional distractions.

So I tried something new, thanks to Tim Ferriss**:

  1. Write down the 3 To-Do items that are making you twitchy/cranky/angsty.
  2. Ask of each of them:
    1. If I accomplished only this today, would I feel satisfied?
    2. Would accomplishing this render the others on the list moot?
  3. Pick one that you gave a “yes” (better if there are two yeses for the item) .
  4. Spend the next (ideally) 2 hours (more realistically 45 minutes) working on just that.
  5. Do a little dance in celebration.

So I did this exercise, figuring ‘what the heck’, and lo and behold! I realized I needed to change my focus, and dove into the task, and ZOMG I made progress. Legitimate progress. And it felt really good. Like, really supercalifragilistically good.

Huh.

So if you’re anything like me***, give this a shot and see what you think.

<doing a little Snoopy dance>

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*According to one source, “copy that” = an acknowledgement of the information; “roger” = an acknowledgement of the information AND affirmation that you are going to act accordingly on the information.

**Tim Ferriss talks about it in detail:
https://tim.blog/2013/11/03/productivity-hacks/

***Obsessive list maker. As in “I makes lists in my sleep”**** list maker.

****Meta comment: any Rent fans out there?

 

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