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Plan B

Colonel Reynolds : Not much faith in Plan A?

Colonel Jack O’Neill : Since when has Plan A ever worked?

Stargate SG-1 (Evolution Part 1)

Calling this blog post plan B is such a misrepresentation of the truth I could run for Parliament. In fact when it comes to my plans for productivity I must have run off the end of the alphabet by now.

I should talk about something else here but I keep going over the same ground. I spoke before about how to call it a day with a task and that is still something I am struggling with. It is stupid since only I care if these things are done or not. This post already has three drafts and who knows when this will see the light of day.

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This post is also being written in little pieces. So, for example for this session the only thing that is going to be written is this paragraph. Maybe next time this comes up on my list more will be written or maybe it will just be one paragraph again. And there is a reason for this way of doing things. I work shifts.

For this paragraph it is a new day. The time is 1013 and I am on a late shift. The fact that I work shifts is very significant to the way I operate. I cannot say that, for instance, Thursday is the day I work on my blog. Thursday could be an early shift, a late shift, or a day off.

Arthur Dent could never get the hang of Thursdays. I can never get the hang of any day!

I have recently started using Google Calendar. It is not perfect to my needs but it is close enough for the time being until I can think of a better way but I have been trying to think of a better way for so long.

I have watched a lot of YouTube videos on how to get things done. However they tend to be made by self-employed people – or at least people on more regular schedules.

There is a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear. I have not read it however it, along with so many other books, is on my list. Nevertheless I have seen it recommended in so many places I believe I know the central theme of the work.

The primary focus seems to be that tiny progress is better than no progress at all. Aiming to write one paragraph a day and sticking to it is better than aiming for 2000 words and always failing. So this is now what I am trying to do. When something comes up on the list and I do not feel like doing it very much I can just do the bare minimum – one paragraph, read one page, wash one plate – whatever it might be and very slowly I will edge closer to my goal.

All this I know and yet it can still feel like my goals are just a little beyond my reach. All we can do is keep trying and do our best.

I have no idea how many days have passed since I started this post.

Since I have started this post I have changed things yet again. Now I no longer schedule anything for the weekend. The idea being that by doing that I can spend longer on a few things rather than snippets of many things. Who knows if it will work?

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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