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Week in review 
12th-Aug-2013 07:59 pm
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Well, I started last week by not doing a week-in-review of the previous week.

Then I got allllllll ready to go on another Bike Adventure to Central Mass -- I even made food for the potluck -- but due to poor planning, I went to bed at 2am for a 6am wake-up, and I just couldn't make myself do it. I have this awful pattern of psyching myself out of things I want to do. It's less "I don't deserve fun" and more "finding excuses to be lazy". Something to keep an eye out for -- also, plan to get enough sleep!

I continued by not going in to work on Monday and Tuesday. The seductive power of couches and the internet follows me everywhere. I did get a little bit of work done. In theory I can do almost all of my work remotely, but in practice I'm not productive unless I go in to the office.

Made it in on Wednesday because we were having a meeting, and I was actually reasonably productive for the rest of the week, peaking on Friday with a meeting in which I received several small action items. Have I mentioned how much I love having several small things to do instead of one big thing to do? But this isn't really something I can manipulate on a day-to-day basis. "Break large tasks down into chunks" is a mainstay of time-management and goal-setting articles. I'm starting to think that I should be making a Very Deliberate Practice of breaking down big things even when I don't feel like I need to. (Also, it feels artificial when the breakdown is going to be like "Read section 1. Read section 2. Read section 3..." But why does this bother me? Of course it's artificial!)

Goals for this week: Go to work every day. Do not plan anything for this weekend (I really need an uneventful couple of days). And.... I don't know. I feel like I should have something else here; maybe I'll think of a good "productivity" goal later, but right now my brain is on "10 BLAHHHHH; 20 GOTO 10".
13th-Aug-2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
The breaking things down idea sounds useful. I have tried that with myself ("Clean kitchen for 15 minutes") and found that it does seem to help on cutting down the avoidance reflex. Although sometimes my avoidance is stronger than my attempts to outwit myself.
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