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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Here are a few tricks and strategies that are working for me right now:

  1. In the morning I write down what I am going to accomplish that day.  I try to plan an amount of work that I should be able to finish by about 3pm.  I also write down something FUN to do when I’m finished.
    • This incents me to get the work done and to not waste time on the internet.
    • I usually chose two different project per day; keeps me from getting too bored.
    • Even though 9-3 is not a full work day, I’m getting more done than when I planned to work all day and then wasted half of it goofing off.
  2. I’m using a timer to:
    • keep myself on task while I’m working (the value of focus) – 30mins is about right.
    • remind myself to take breaks away from the computer (keeps me alert, recharges creativity, prevents headaches).
    • limit the length of my email/surfing breaks.
  3. I’m closing my email apps when I’m supposed to be working.


Another big win is that I seem to have gotten a handle on my chronic headaches.  Stretching, exercise and back-pain meds weren’t working anymore, so I went to see my massage therapist again (I’d stopped because it’s expensive).  Oh my goodness, what a difference!  A massage doesn’t just cure the headache, it has some lasting effect on the neck and shoulder muscles that were causing it.  It has now been a week with no headaches – and I aim to keep it that way, so I’m keeping up with the physio exercises and stretching.

It’s hard to stop procrastinating when you feel like shit.  This has been a big boost for my productivity.

Next up: I need to pare down the list of social media sites and web comics that I’m checking daily.  I’m even thinking about moving all my personal documents and bookmarks to another computer to make it harder to play with them during the work day.




This is too awesome not to re-blog:

Keeping a journal of qualitative data is fantastic for developing your skills when you are chasing mastery, but it is overkill for simple habit forming. When I arrived home from my trip, I was really keen to work on my routine and build up some habits that I had let slide.

This calendar is up next to my desk, where I see it everyday. I keep four lines on it, each representing a task that I want to complete every day. It is a Seinfeld calendar on steroids.

Read the rest of the Lifehacker post here: The Habits Calendar Is Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret “On Steroids”

Y’know, sometimes the goofing around and bellyaching that precedes an unpleasant task actually take up more time than the task itself does, once you settle down and do it!

I could just kick myself sometimes…