Recently I had some time to reflect on how busy my schedule is and how I'm dividing my time. I came to the conclusion that I'm doing things all wrong.
Doing it wrong?
Well, doing it wrong may be a strong statement to make but I've learned a few things over the past couple weeks. There have been a proliferation of productivity blogs, books and articles making their way around the web. Sure, they've been around for a while and this goes more towards my point.
Time, your friend and your enemy
For those not in the know, the whole point of the GTD movement is to organize your work and life efficiently. That's all well and good but if you're still not good at managing your time your organization will suffer. If your organization suffers you're no further ahead than when you started.
One thing that I've done to help manage my time better is moderation. This works especially well for those of you working at home. It takes some discipline but moderating your time, your work, and your schedule can also help you become more productive.
How do you moderate?
Here is a short list of things that I do to help moderate my day and projects. Some may work for you and some may not. If you have any tips for moderation and GTD feel free to add them in the comments.
- Take a lunch break. Walk away from the computer and sit down for lunch in another room. Better yet, go out for lunch if your budget allows it.
- Make your lunch break last ½ - 1 hour
- Work on multiple projects throughout the day. At minimum work on one project in the morning and another one in the afternoon.
- Stop working after a specific time. Make the time early enough so you can still spend time with the kids or catch a movie or do something in the evening.
- Stop checking your email every minute or every 5 minutes. Check it every ½ hour or hour.
- In your spare time read books other than ones related to your field of employment or expertise. Constant submergence in one area will wear you out sooner than you'd hoped.