Smartening up where my Remember The Milk (RTM) lists are concerned!

Remember the milkI have been a Remember the Milk & GTD user for a few years now. I absolutely love the marriage between them and their efficencies. Having said that, I have a confession to make. I find I am now starting to ignore GTD as a productivity tool, and it is not Remember the Milk’s fault! The fault lies solely on me. I’m getting lazy and complacent…

One thing that GTD doesn’t seem to address for me, is what happens when my lists, tasks, and projects become just like me. Burnt out… Overwhelmed… Scattered…

The solution is sitting right in front of me. I am a horrible weekly review user! Horrible! In fact, I can’t recall the last time I did a weekly review… I have gone from location and context specific lists, to simply sticking my tasks into a calendar type thought process. I mentally figure out when I want to attempt to complete the task, and add a due date to the task. Then the day comes up, and I don’t bother doing it as I have put too many random things to happen all on the same day. Did this really need to be done today? Ya, probably not. Just hit postpone, that’ll get rid of it…

GTD says not to rely on calendars for that reason! It is about tasks that I may want to do, to ones that need to be done on a certain day…

A quick online search brought me to http://hamberg.no/gtd/ with a short GTD review to help get me back in focus…

Here is a snippet from the article discussing the Calendar.

Calendar

calendar_picThe calendar is for things you have to do on a certain date or at a certain time, and nothing else! That’s right; no putting “install Bonzibudddy” on your calendar for next Wednesday if you just think you want to have it done then.

But… why‽

By only having items which really are time and date sensitive on your calendar it will be more useful, since it will actually tell you the things you have to do a certain day without being “diluted” with other items. The thing you want to do, but that doesn’t need to be done at a certain time will be on your next actions list any way, so you will be reminded about it and have the chance to do it anyway.

So, it is time for me to start asking a better question of myself when I have a new task…It is not going to be “When do I want to start this task? And, when do I want to be reminded to start this task?” It needs to be, “What is the next action step for this task, and in what context do I need it to be part of?” If it has a due date, I’ll apply it, but other than that, I need to develop the mentality that my contexts lists need to be trusted!

This week, I am going to do a weekly review, for the first time in probably 6 months! And, I’m going to re-jig all my tasks to be tagged with their appropriate context. And then?

Well, stop looking at my due dates & reminders for my Next Action Lists, and start looking at the Contexts and Getting Things Done.

Hopefully this tweak will move me from being a complacent GTD’r to a more efficient one!

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Best Tweet so far in 2014!

ben-and-jerrysI must be dreaming…Never in my life have I ever thought I would be living on the West Coast of Canada, sitting and reading about legal pot sales in the USA. At least, that is, before I voted on allowing liberal access to this ‘harmless’ drug in my province and country! I have watched countless TV shows & movies about the USA’s “War on Drugs” and have always felt that they were far more conservative than us leafy green Canadians…

Truth be told, I don’t go down to the US more than once every 10 years or so, but after September 11th, I have been a bit fearful of the direction that country’s government has gone. I went to Hawaii a few years after 2001, and didn’t even bring my favourite Che Guevara t-shirt for fear of being branded an enemy combatant! lol.

So, when all of a sudden, US states started voting on legalizing marijuana, and they passed, I was shocked!!

Today it makes me smile to see a major US corporation tweeting in jest about it!

What are your thoughts about marijuana laws? Is pot a gateway drug? Is it an innocent plant? Medical miracle cure?

New Year’s Resolutions and habit forming

As it is the time of the year for people to make a fresh start, and take on some ambitious resolutions, I quite enjoyed reading a recent post I received from delancyplace.com.

English: New Year's Day postcard. Reads: "...
English: New Year’s Day postcard. Reads: “A New Year’s Resolution / Jan. 1st / To Gossip, Slang and Cuss words / I’ll bid a last “Adieu” / And place a bridle on my tongue / And thoughtless actions, too!” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As much as it seems easy to start up any new project, you would be surprised how repetition is needed for a habit to form! Apparently, it can take more than 2 months and up to a year of repeating a task for it to stick as a habit! No wonder it is so hard to quit smoking, take up running, eat healthier…
Here is an exerpt from yesterday’s post that goes into more detail…

In today’s encore selection — from Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick by Jeremy Dean. Make that New Year’s resolution stick!  How long does it take to form a new habit? You will often hear that it takes 21 days, but the real answer is j than that:

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The Annual New Year’s Day (Night) Ride!

Tonight I got out late for my annual New Year’s Day ride! After a day of hanging out with my kids, and going to my parents’ house for dinner, I felt my opportunity of sticking to my annual ride was fading quickly. But luckily, every year at this time, I feel a renewed sense of energy to get out more often as a silent resolution.

Getting home at 9pm, I knew I only had a limited amount of energy left once the kids were in bed…

New_years_rideLate last winter, after a dismal season of riding due to the shorter days, I decided that instead of getting a monthly gym membership and sitting on a spin bike for a couple of months quietly crying inside my head; I would invest in a good quality night light for my helmet…rock-drops

Many of my friends consider me a bit nuts for heading out for rides in the dark, by myself in the woods, while listening to my iPod. Well, I say to them, “Me out for rides makes me less nuts..” (said in a crazy person’s voice…).

Today I decided to share, the best that I could, what I see as I ride through the forest at night…My wife says it creeps her out. haha. Silly wife, this is not Blair Witch…Is it?

Happy New Year! Time to get back on the blogging bandwagon!!

happy_timesThey say that the best place to start is at the bottom…

2013 was a dismal year for blogging for me. Not that I want to go back over the years to see in what year I posted the least amount of content, but I’m pretty sure that since I started blogging in 2007, last year had to be the worst year on record for me. 13 posts. Wow!

A couple of years ago, I signed up for the daily blogging challenge, and pulled off more than 365 posts that year, without missing a day! That included getting married, and somehow pulling off a post on my wedding day!

Life is busier now for me, without a doubt. Now, I’ve got 4 young boys, and that on it’s own sucks most of my ‘creative’ energy. By the time they are in bed, I am not far behind them! That doesn’t make for much time with my lovely wife. To be honest, it has been a hard year of trying to connect again with the love of my life.

So what better way to start off a new year than to head back to blogging to feel like I can succeed at something! Maybe if I can jump start my brain with some written prose, it will also invigorate my brain enough to have something new and exciting to talk about with my wife. Parenting a bunch of young kids is hard, and the last thing I want is to slowly drift apart from the woman I’ve chosen to share my life with.

2014 will be better. Today’s the start…

 

So, You Would Like to Have Three Children: A Non-Rebutting Counterpoint

My favourite part of this article was, “…for those of us who have 3+ kids, our normal is most people’s crazy.” Oh so true…

i would be frail

LAURA MEEHAN AT THE SHORT-WINDED BLOG recently wrote a rather exasperated yet hilarious post about the ardors of having three children.

I regularly speak with people who have zero children, or one child, or two children. And they tell me they might consider or would like to have three children. My first impulse, I will own, is to bark, “No, you don’t want three kids.” But that is not helpful, I know this.

Let me first say in her defense: Everything she writes is true. She writes about the juggling, the tiredness, the constant shouting, the unhelpful comments, etc. Reading her post made me realize that for those of us who have 3+ kids, our normal is most people’s crazy. And since I have 3 growing boys, I would even add to her list of demerits that we are soon approaching the day when our grocery bill will…

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2013 in review – Well, that sucked! haha

What an ironic way to finish off the year; post my horrible stats for the year I almost stopped blogging completely! haha.

I have had a busy, and sometimes, stressful life this year. My free time has withered to almost nothing, as has my regular mountain biking schedule.

I am not one for New Year’s resolutions, but 2014 needs to be an improvement for me, that’s certain. So, what better place to start, than at the bottom.

Without further ado, here are my crappy blog stats. 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.