Learning to Get Things Done

I haven’t quite finished reading Getting Things Done (Note: I’d love to hyperlink to Amazon here, or even italicize the title, but my blog is still not accepting HTML), but I’ve at least started collecting my stuff to do, getting it all in one place, and revisiting the master list on a weekly basis.

Once I master this system, this could seriously help me manage the procrastination problem I’ve had for so long.

The key for me has been this: if it only takes two minutes, and you’re in a place where you can do it now, DO IT NOW. There’s no reason to put it off until later. It’ll take as much energy to write it down and prioritize it as it would have to just go do it already.

Having discrete tasks has also helped me not get pulled off-track as often. As much as I would LOVE to go putz around and figure out WTF is wrong with my blog, there are other things that I know I can actually get done tonight, like spraying for ants or editing a podcast.

I still have a long way to go, and a lot more archived to-do items to dredge out and add to the Someday/Maybe list. (I have a stack of scrap paper and text files and e-mails with to-do items and ideas from over three years ago. I wish I were exaggerating.)

Until I officially reach Inbox Zero, though, at least I’m headed in the right direction.

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  1. Go to Lowe’s and get Ortho Home Defense. Spray it around the foundation and obviously around doorways. You might also want to ask one of the people who work there. Since you have a cat, ant traps prob aren’t an option. I have plenty of time being unemployed so I have to be extra careful when on the computer. Editing songs/tags on iTunes can take an extraordinary amount of time.