The trouble with the default

Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, “The best way to spend this time is to cram it full of random meetings!” Nobody ever said “The most important thing today is everybody else’s whims!” Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky – Make Time As water flows down hill, as elements tend to iron, so jobs, meetings, distractions wriggle through…

Janus (3): DC Reading List 2021

I’m trying a different format for this year’s reading list: a queue and a read (past tense) list. (Note that many of these are carried over from last year’s list!) The Queue Fiction:Don Quixote – Cervantes (Edith Grossman translation) The Three Body Problem – Cixin LiuExhalation – Ted ChiangA Hero Born – Jin YongUncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher StoweNorse…

Janus (2): DC stats 2020

DC visits year-on-year Year Visitors Change Page Views Change Views/day 2018(6 months) 229 – 700 – 3.8 2019 1,542 +573% 2,827 +303% 7.7 2020 8,094 +424% 11,196 +296% 30.7 2021 projections As of today, DC is a little short of 15,000 all-time views (14,833). Another year’s worth of traffic at the 2020 average of 30.7 view per day would add…

Janus (1): Looking back

Disclaimer: This post was written mostly for me – if you’re not me, you may wish to skip to the end or to skip it entirely! 2020: Goals in Review Looking back, who knew what 2020 was going to be like? I’ve heard several people say that it was a year in which mere survival (for you, for your organisation)…

To do list as practice (3): stimulus and response

Post 1 on to do lists Stimulus Stop! Catch yourself! That, right there – the moment when you finish work without reviewing your list, and then start work the next day without (re-)reviewing it, is the moment you lose track of your to do list. The next thing you know you’ll be caught in the discipline death spiral, denied even…

To do list as practice (2)

Post 1 on to do lists The card system … is what’s working for me at the moment. This is how it works: In the morning, first thing (or after the meeting that you do first thing), write all the things you have to do on an index card. This should be done with reference to your strategic plan (at…

To do list as practice (1)

I’m coming to the conclusion that how you manage your to do list – on paper, in a calendar, on an app, in your head – is that important. Rather, what’s important is the practice (hooray! another practice) of actually using it and keeping it current. Specifically, taking ten minutes as early as possible in your working day and ten…

To do lists (1)

I have still never found a to-do list format and medium that works consistently for me. I’ve been a Filofax user, tried GTD, experimented with various flavours of Kanban and tried Asana and a few other apps, but nothing’s quite stuck. I’m hoping to fix this in the coming weeks, so I’ve been thinking about what makes a good to…

The next (small) step

In the face of too much to do (which there always will be), too little time (there is never enough), lack of clear information about the present (let alone the future), and uncertainty about what’s going to work (probably the bit that makes your work interesting and important) and how best to do it, what should you do? One answer…

While the tea is hot

Here’s a workflow for the next time you can’t face a mundane / boring / difficult task: Prepare your workspace / turn on your computer Make a cup of tea Commit to doing the job for as long as the tea lasts, or as long as it’s hot You’ll probably stay longer than you think. See also: James Clear’s Temptation…