Today I am sitting on my desk with a pen and a notepad next to me and writing down everything I do and the time it takes me, so I can understand why I keep reaching the end of the day and not move forward with what I had planned for the day.
@hugo You're welcome! He has a podcast too https://gregmckeown.com/podcast/ Greg and his guests are all chasing the same ideal in slightly different ways; perhaps one of them resonates with you better than the rest.
The best thing about the podcast is how carefully Greg listens to his guests. He never argues with them even when they're in apparent opposition; he just tries to understand where they're coming from.
@hugo I don't know a single other person who knows. I gave my copy to a friend and it didn't really resonate with him. He has his own battles I guess. For me this book was the right thing at the right time.
@kai I need to listen more or read a chapter of the book to know how I feel about it. But thanks for bringing it to my attention.
@hugo Sure! The feeling of not getting everything done is universal.
It stands to reason that you must be more strategic about *what* you wish to accomplish. When you can't do more, you have to do less.
Take some time off (probably the last thing you want to do!) to rest and strategize about how to proceed most effectively.
Once you are at peace with the path forward, you will be free to commit yourself fully to accomplishing your highest purpose.
That would be the way of the essentialist.
@kai Right now I am not really extra stressed or something. I actually feel the opposite, that is why I was wondering why I am not more done. Something is stealing my time :) that's what I am attempting to find out.
The observer effect of quantum physics says the simple fact you do this will change the outcome. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observer_(quantum_physics)
And, of course, the time you spend writing things down will make everything take longer anyway…
@hugo Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It's basically that, but with a 25 minute timer to chunk your time up into discrete pieces.
@nate yes, tried it many times and do a similar thing with my phone. I decide to set X amount of time to a task and don't allow myself out of that task until the phone buzzes :)
It does work when you have something specific you need to do.
@hugo e quando precisas de discutir uma coisa rápida com um colega, e quando dás por ti passou mais de meia hora, e o resto das coisas na lista de tarefas do dia a ficar pendente?
@hugo a subtil arte de distinguir "longos telefonemas que podiam ser emails" de "longos emails que se resolviam com dois minutos ao telefone ".
@hugo thing is, tho, we need a break every now and then so we actually keep being focused enough and healthy, so those breaks still count anyway.
@hugo see? So, those breaks are essential for work, too. Thus, they count as productive time too. Just a different experience of what it means to be productive.
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