Hey all – I don’t have any friends at the moment who are into productivity like I am. So to say, I don’t have anyone to keep me accountable! So, as an effort in accountability with my goals and keeping on track with my systems, I’m hoping to dump a quick journal once I complete my weekly review here to get some feedback on. It’s going to be a rough brain dump of my thoughts, so sorry if there are incoherent bits and pieces in advance
Does that sound good? Here we go!
This week has been challenging. When things blow up, I do a very bad job of prioritizing and being okay with letting certain responsibilities slip. Honestly, my system has been serving me mostly well for work, but I have been struggling with keeping the other areas of my life in motion. I look at the tasks in my other areas of responsibility and internally sigh just about every time. I guess you could say I feel overwhelmed.
I’ve written here before about trying to overcome what I’ve heard @bobbleheadjoe describe as the ‘urgency scanning mindset’ (I think I got the name right). At work, I recently moved into a leadership role, so my email load has increased about 10x. I’ve been working to set some boundaries by not keeping email up all day, but I’ve been failing at this.
Additionally, I suck at capturing. I tend to use my email and IM as my task lists most of the time. Since I don’t work on my Mac primarily (though I have ways, and I’ve been bringing it to work with me), capture hasn’t been as natural as Ctrl+Space to send to the OF inbox. The exception is the list I make on a notecard in my morning review trying to denote my priorities for the day. If I don’t do this, I will definitely get off track. This morning review helps me stay out of my task manager all day as well.
I’ve made some adjustments to my routines. I created an “Afternoon Review” to review my lists after lunch and process my inboxes. I also modified my Shutdown Routine to review tasks for the rest of the day after work.
I’d have to say my focuses for the next week would be:
- Capture tasks on my index card or in a note instead of reacting to email/IMs.
- Select a task or two to complete after work
- Stay out of email except in the morning, after lunch, and right before the end of day (90 minutes total scheduled for this)
Thanks for letting my dump and process my thoughts here!