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Productivity... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
Few things depress me more then not being able to get things done. I quickly get overwhelmed when I have too many thing started, which makes me not work on any of them, which makes it worse because nothing is getting accomplished. The only way out is to get something little done, and then another little thing. They don't even have to be things that were on the list, just things that I can say I've finished.

This shows up most notably with house projects. I was grumpy for most of the 3 weeks it took me to get the kitchen painted. I masked off too much area, and then it seemed like too much to tackle in an evening, so I kept putting it off and getting annoyed with myself about it.

It made me realize something interesting, though: I think the problem with house projects is that I don't break them down into small enough chunks. I fixed this problem at work by using Outlook task lists to break down everything into half-day-or-less sized pieces, so at the end of the day I can check off at least one or two.

This means re-thinking how I define a task. Why didn't I think "masking off the trim" was a task by itself? Or "painting the pantry door", instead of "paint all the doors and trim in the kitchen"? I suspect I'm going to start doing the same thing I do at work with my to-do list at home - splitting it into small, discrete tasks, and doing one at a time.

Anyway: New windows are in. I finally ordered my new blinds, they're putting the alarm system in on Friday, they're coming to fix my fridge on Friday, and the next project is replacing the door inserts. I'm hoping to get a deal on that - the guy who's going to put them in needs a web page, and I think we're going to just swap services.

It's getting done. I never thought it would get done, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. :)

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driftingfocus From: driftingfocus Date: October 10th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should look into this program I use for breaking things down into smaller tasks. It's called Life Balance, and I believe it's for both mac and pc.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: October 12th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
That looks really cool. I've got a trial downloading now....
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: October 11th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have discovered, with houses, just as you see the light at the end of the tunnel - the roof caves in.

You'll get used to this feeling after a while.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: October 12th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Nothing like a bit of optimism to brighten my evening. :)
From: pineflower Date: October 12th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Eh, ignore him. The entire universe will eventually die a heat death anyway. :)

Still, what an excellent observation about motivation. Now if we can just find the right-sized wormhole, we can transmit your advice (and, perhaps, your freshly-painted pantry door) to the next version of the universe.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: October 12th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll add "search for wormhole" to my to-do list for the weekend.
From: pineflower Date: October 12th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
You should send an email to any of the writers from ST:TNG, they seem to be experts in finding wormholes practically everywhere.
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