Time management >
You are chained to things that make you unproductive. Unproductive not only in terms of your responsibilities but also your desires. They are a strain not only on your time but also on your peace of mind.
Unplugging targets a wide number of associated things, freeing up time and considerations to be put toward things which are specifically-desired. Instead of effort being put toward problems, passion is put toward desires.
This action is meant to take the whole day, and be regularly repeated. It is meant to be a defined branch of time management and a fundamental philosophy.
The right way to go about all of this would be to print this off. Better yet, write it all out by hand; make it yours.
This original concept was written quite differently: Unplugging--2007-05-27
Time management >
Reading, writing, practicing an instrument, drawing, painting, home improvement, car tinkering, a language, etc. We all have some thing that brings us joy, or that we simply want to be able to do. You must discover your art. Think deeply on this matter.
Five Things is currently what I do.
Good time management is an incredible stress-reducer.
I think I've been able to bring my various experiences to a time management system which works for me.
Unplugging is really important.
Time management >
Problem: I collect information, and I need a mechanism to process it. My going through old links or performing smaller tasks is random.
Solution: Do at least five interesting things each day. Create new posts or a summary post of any edits or other interesting things.
Andrew Mellen is a consultant, speaker and author who helps remove "stuff" from people's lives.
I watched a couple of videos of him speaking. He's entertaining, and has some interesting things to say and ways to get his ideas across. Not a lot of what he says is new to me, but there are some nice angles which made it worth my time to re-watch them and take notes.
These are my notes and thoughts.
Ok, so I haven't been writing here at all. Why? Well because I have too many different "systems" out there which each get a piece of my attention. So sometimes one of those systems suffers.
I do actually have 40-50 people a day who read something within this blog. While that isn't the quarter million a month from the good old days it's still some people who might care. Or not, I don't actually know. There's no real social aspect to blogging like it seems to exist elsewhere. Well that's something I'll ponder over sometime later. I'm antisocial anyways, so it's low priority.
So seeing as there is at least "some value" in this place, I really should be thinking about it more often. So that's why I'm back and why I'm writing this.
I suppose I may as well do one of my huge essay pieces, since there is just so much background which would need to be understood for a reader to actually "get" what I'm going to try to get across.
It's my nature to gain and lose interest in things, like the tides coming and going. I've tried all sorts of tricks to schedule and change focus, but they just don't work for me. So I'm going to declare a new way of doing things. A way which works to my advantage. I'll call it "rotating immersion".
Update: [[Five Things]] is meant to help with this sort of thing.
So at some point you migrate from little scraps of paper to sheets of paper.
Then you migrate to notes in your computer.
Then you migrate to a documentation system.
Then you migrate back to notes in your computer.
Then you migrate to one big note.
Then you categorize your notes.
Then you review and prioritize your notes.
All the while, your notes have been gathering strength, preparing to assault your free time.
You open the flood gates .. and .. nothing happens. The very notion of a list is intimidating, and actually "doing" anything is based on inspiration. Priorities have shifted around so much over the years that looking at the list just gives a lot of "yeah, that ought to get done one of these days" instead of the burning-hot passion there used to be.
Why have I been so quiet here? I've been hard at work reviewing the 150+ issues which have already been placed in the issue tracker.
Ok, I'll admit it. I really like system archaeology.
It's like some strange combination of a system administrator, grey hat cracker, security expert, information archivist, hacker, propeller-hat role. I don't know how to explain it.
And I've been doing it on my own system.