Monthly Archives: February 2019

In Search of a Title

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It is funny to me that the first thing that I am expected to write for a blog post is the title. Shouldn’t a title come at the end? The beginning for the reader but the end for the writer. As I write this I have no idea where it is going. And that is scary and exciting all at the same time.

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While looking for inspiration I found this picture. Maybe it is just me but it feels like a good representation of my mind a lot of the time. The paralysis of indecision. What do I do? Which thing on my list?

A person’s life, their future, hinges on each of a thousand choices. Living is making choices!

Captain Picard (TNG: A Matter of Time)

On waking we have to decide if we are going to get out of bed or doze until we end up getting ready for work in a great rush! And when it comes to creativity we have to decide which project to work on.

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I remember seeing an interview with Christopher Judge where he talked about writing. He said that the only way he could get his scripts written was to lock himself in a room until it was done.

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And you can’t argue with the results. The SG-1 episode “The Warrior“, that Judge wrote, is an excellent story.

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I have spoken quite a bit about productivity on this blog. I have used paper, various apps, and a spreadsheet and all of them have flaws. In the final analysis maybe the thing to to is to just sit down and do it. Which is true but not very helpful.

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In other news I have just come to the end of a week off work. The flat is still a bit of a mess but I have got ride of a small army of plastic bags. So progress is being made. I hope that all your endeavours are going well.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors. 

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Time

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We all know the phrase: ‘Not enough hours in the day.’ I feel like that a lot of the time. And time management is one of the biggest challenges I think we face day-to-day.

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They also say: ‘When life gives you lemons…’ The lemons I have is not having written this before this morning. You are reading this sometime after 1800 hours on 2019-02-10 and I am writing it at 0947 on that day.

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I was once asked at a job interview what my greatest weakness was – and the answer to that question is being a slave to the plan. I am not good with spontaneity in any area. I will sometimes have this thought: ‘I really want to do some writing today but it hasn’t come up on the plan.’ So yes I will follow a plan even if it is proven to have holes in it.

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The plan does include randomisation. Every day I do house work, reading, meditation, Duolingo, and write Morning Pages. I change the order everyday because for some of those tasks there is no end.

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I can’t, for example, sit and finish an entire book in one sitting. So randomisation coupled with a timer is the only way I know to define an end. Sometimes I will read for half an hour and other times it might only be a few pages. Some days I will meditate for 13 minutes and others it might only be 3.

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Then there is the blog and a slew of other tasks I set myself. Some are quick and some take a long time. I have come to realise that I will never completely figure out managing my time. It is a challenge especially considering the weird place that is my brain with its contradictions and its fixation on patterns and doing things the established way – even if that way isn’t completely satisfactory. How do you deal with these challenges?

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors. 

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The Plan Before the Plan

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Did you ever have a revision timetable in school? I think I did but that was a long time ago and I have trouble remembering what happened yesterday. The cliche surrounding such a timetable is that you spend so much time making them look pretty that there isn’t enough time left to revise!

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I actually did a lot of revision. So much that my parents had to actually tell me that I had done enough – and I think suggested I drink something. Maybe that is a false memory – like I said it was a long time ago.

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Today there are approximately 1,771,561 apps that help with time management and productivity. Sorry that’s how many Tribbles there were. Anyway there are a lot of apps and you can spend hours planning, finding that the app doesn’t quite do what you want, and planning some more. A wonderful endless cycle of getting absolutely nothing done!

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…or like me you can flip-flop between various apps and paper! I have realised that I will never be completely happy with any productivity set up. That is okay and yesterday (Thursday) I was actually productive! I finished one big tasks which was a great thing to get done and had the great moment of marking something done on Habitbull.

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Habitbull is a nice looking app with pretty colours all built in! I am back to using it again. The problem before was me. I try to do too much! So fingers crossed I have got it right. It is the start of a new month after all. The other app I am using is Any.do as that is more of a day-to-day thing rather than for longer term goals. What apps do you find useful?

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So it is February. I feel like I should review January. This month has been okay. I have had the usual roller coaster of emotions – feeling weird and smiley one day and really unhappy the next. I think though I am starting to get a handle on the clutter and I am feeling a bit more satisfied about life. See you next time!

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors. 

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