There are times when I want to do all sorts of extra activities, write about this, program something to do that or fix some other thing. Sometimes these activities are based on the computer others are physical tasks around the house or garden.
I have just caught myself trying to come up with excuses for not doing a job, looking for alternative "better" tasks to do instead. The thing is that the task wasn't that hard or unpleasant. I spent longer looking for a alternative than if I had just done the task …
I was discussing Todo lists with my wife and we both have the same problem that we often put off a couple of tasks and have to copy them over onto the next list quite frequently.
When looking at the type of tasks, we noticed a difference.
My wife has ADHD1
and was discussing the symptoms to a friend.
She explained how she struggles to prioritize any list of tasks and the only way to cope is to just work on the first task that comes to mind. This is often inefficient and leads to low …
I have just come across an article written in 2005 about Good and Bad Procrastination.
Essentially procrastinating by ignoring errands to get on with the big questions or tasks like an absent-minded professor shouldn't always be considered a bad thing.
Getting on with errands can feel good and productive but …
I have just finished reading an article about the challenges and opportunities of remote working,
and I noticed that many of the bits of advice that the article provides to remote workers could equally be applied to those of us
that work on the same site1.
I previously wrote about how Getting Things Done (GTD) and Tracks have been
useful in keeping organised at work.
When GTD is working, things generally feel good. Even when there is a high
workload, there is also a sense of control.
One of the most important aspects of 'being organised' in the workplace is to
keep some form of logbook. This is somewhere that you can record what you are
doing on a day to day basis so you can reference it in future to remember
exactly what happened (because our …
Generally it seems that many people at work are always struggling with workload.
When you ask them if they have completed a task, they respond that they haven't
had a chance to look at it. It is almost seems like a badge of honor. I used to
worry that perhaps …