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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer
    I barely get things done.
    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    This is a feature of yours I quite like, actually.
    Really?

    Because it means I won't get in your way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Really?

    Because it means I won't get in your way?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Hmmm, maybe I could delegate something to gatsby... or RC. As a favor.
    Heh, funny enough, my GF was considering trying to be a virtual assistant. She loves organising people's lives... and getting lazy people like me to do stuff.

    (Guess who I delegate to? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by FineLine View Post
    Consider getting a self-help book on procrastination/getting organized/time management. A lot of times these sorts of problems are solved by just finding some easy little trick that works for you.

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    Yeah, I was using the 43 folders/GTD method for a while. It worked, but I'm out of practice. Bleh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    How do the rest of you open-ended people get the necessary things done?

    I redefine "necessary". Most things aren't.

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    Heh, funny enough, my GF was considering trying to be a virtual assistant. She loves organising people's lives... and getting lazy people like me to do stuff.

    (Guess who I delegate to?
    Ha! This was funny. I like to be a time management guru. I am always talking to the P's I work with about changing their views : "OK why don't we reevaluate this situation and look at the possibilities of how you could have gotten more done in less time?" LOL I have to let out a sigh when the look of 'Do you think I actually care?' or 'You were lucky to get that!' comes out from time to time. Sometimes they seem genuinely interested but the interest fades pretty quick .
    "At points of clarity, I realize that my life on earth is meaningless, and that I am merely a pawn in a bigger game. A game I cannot possibly understand or have control of. Thankfully, before depression sets in, I drift back into my cloudy, bewildered daily routine." **Joel Patrick Warneke**

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lookin4theBestNU View Post
    Ha! This was funny. I like to be a time management guru. I am always talking to the P's I work with about changing their views : "OK why don't we reevaluate this situation and look at the possibilities of how you could have gotten more done in less time?" LOL I have to let out a sigh when the look of 'Do you think I actually care?' or 'You were lucky to get that!' comes out from time to time. Sometimes they seem genuinely interested but the interest fades pretty quick .
    LOL! I think just the phrasing of your question would garner a cold glare of irritation from me, were I moved enough to show expression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    Yeah, I was using the 43 folders/GTD method for a while. It worked, but I'm out of practice. Bleh.
    I don't know that particular organizational system. Over the years I learned a lot of different organizational systems. (I occasionally worked in admin offices in the service, and I temped as a secretary between regular jobs when I was younger.) So nowadays when I have a task to organize, I figure out a simple organizational system specifically for that task based on something I've seen in the past. I try to make the organizational system as simple and dumbed-down as possible so that it won't get in the way of doing the actual task. I have lots of different organizational systems that are each customized to a specific task.

    By contrast, what I described in my earlier post was mainly about just getting past the procrastination stage and getting to work. It's more of a gimmick rather than an organizational system.

    After the military, figuring out how to organize things was always the easy part. The hard part--for me--has always been to think up gimmicks to get past the procrastination stage and get myself actually working on projects; and/or to keep on top of simple or repetitive tasks so that they don't mount up in piles around the house or office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    How do the rest of you open-ended people get the necessary things done?

    1.

    - Make a list of all the things you have to do.
    - Note the maximum deadline for each of these things. This will give you an idea of their priority.
    - Score the importance of each task on a scale from 1 to 10.
    - Brainstorm all the ways you could do this task, and choose the fastest
    - Estimate the time necessary to complete the task.
    - If necessary, break each bigger task in sub-tasks and refollow the last 4 steps

    2.

    - Get an agenda (there are lots of nice and free ones on the internet)
    - Fit each of the tasks in your timetable considering all your variables. This is essentially the same as playing "Tetris" but your tasks are your blocks.

    3.

    - Force yourself to respect your schedule at all costs. In order for this step to work, you need to find what motivates you to complete tasks (competence, money, etc.).

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