Getting Things Done When You’d Rather Just Stay in Bed
Having trouble getting things done?
You should come to my place…
My tasks for the morning in order of my personal level of interest for them:
1. Update the links on one of my websites.
2. Go to the nut store and spend a lot of money on nuts. Yes, we have a nut store around here, and it’s awesome. Totally life-changing.
3. Unclog the kitchen sink.
If you’ve gotten to #3 and thought, “that doesn’t sound interesting at all!” then you’re right. However, unclogging the kitchen sink is still much more interesting (personally, emotionally, and existentially) than:
4. Prepare for my company classes.
5. Actually go teach my company classes.
I wonder what that says about my life…
See also: The Zen of Blogging. And maybe you should at least take a glance at the book Getting Things Done by David Allen. It’s a bit long and involved, but makes some good points.
P.S. I’ve improved somewhat since writing this, years ago. But I still waste plenty of time. It’s a daily struggle – and slowly but surely, I’m winning.