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    My lists contain action items that are split into contexts: @Call, @Computer, @Office, @Waiting. I'm not moving to my goals as fast as I could and there're different reasons to that:

    1. I'm lazy. Sometimes not motivated. I'd prefer take part in meetings or forums than making calls from my action lists.

    2. I accept different meetings because I'm in sales. Any meeting could lead to a potential business. Plus there're meetings with suppliers, usually follow ups or forecast discussions. It means my day is full with meetings leaving no space for doing actions from my action lists.

    3. When I have a spare minute (or even hour), first thing I go to check forums or do something I like, not actions from my action lists.

    Do you have tips on how to become more active (less lazy), have time for doing daily actions from my action lists when all the time goes to customer meetings and how to make yourself actually do actions on your action lists?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Malahov View Post
    Do you have tips on how to become more active (less lazy),
    Clarify your higher altitudes. What's in it for you?

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    • #3
      Why?

      Originally posted by Malahov View Post
      Do you have tips on how to become more active (less lazy), have time for doing daily actions from my action lists when all the time goes to customer meetings and how to make yourself actually do actions on your action lists?
      Why?

      Do you really want to be more active? Being lazy and cultivating your laziness is easy and comfortable.

      Why bother?

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      • #4
        Because I want to get my goals, not the goals of other people who take my time. That's why I want to have time for my action lists and be more active to actually do something when the time comes.

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        • #5
          Are these goals really so important?

          Originally posted by Malahov View Post
          Because I want to get my goals, not the goals of other people who take my time. That's why I want to have time for my action lists and be more active to actually do something when the time comes.
          Are these goals really so important? Are they really yours?

          You wrote:
          When I have a spare minute (or even hour), first thing I go to check forums or do something I like, not actions from my action lists.
          This quote makes me think that maybe actions on your lists are not connected with your real goals...

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          • #6
            Just say no

            Originally posted by Malahov View Post
            Because I want to get my goals, not the goals of other people who take my time.
            Then you have to tell the other people that those goals are not yours and stop doing the tasks that come from those goals.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Malahov View Post
              3. When I have a spare minute (or even hour), first thing I go to check forums or do something I like, not actions from my action lists.

              Do you have tips on how to become more active (less lazy), have time for doing daily actions from my action lists when all the time goes to customer meetings and how to make yourself actually do actions on your action lists?
              I'm just beginning with GTD methodology... but here are some quick thoughts you might want to consider:

              1. Eat your green beans or you get no dessert. Save the forum checking and fun stuff as a reward for knocking out X number of Next Actions.

              2. Sales meetings are important, but schedule some appointments with yourself to do your tasks.

              3. I read somewhere of a method to deal with some procrastination: (10+2)x5 ... work hard and dedicated on a task for 10 solid minutes and take a 2 minute break doing something fun. Do this 5 times and an hour has passed with 50 minutes of work.

              Not real profound... but these things might help

              --- Vinny

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              • #8
                Originally posted by vkochetta View Post
                I'm just beginning with GTD methodology... but here are some quick thoughts you might want to consider:

                1. Eat your green beans or you get no dessert. Save the forum checking and fun stuff as a reward for knocking out X number of Next Actions.

                2. Sales meetings are important, but schedule some appointments with yourself to do your tasks.

                3. I read somewhere of a method to deal with some procrastination: (10+2)x5 ... work hard and dedicated on a task for 10 solid minutes and take a 2 minute break doing something fun. Do this 5 times and an hour has passed with 50 minutes of work.

                Not real profound... but these things might help

                --- Vinny
                Re 3., I think a lot of those formulas are based on The Pomodoro Technique, which can be read for free at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/36672142/T...doro-Technique.

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                • #9
                  43 folders.

                  Originally posted by pxt View Post
                  Re 3., I think a lot of those formulas are based on The Pomodoro Technique, which can be read for free at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/36672142/T...doro-Technique.
                  I've read about this technique here http://www.43folders.com/2005/10/11/...tion-hack-1025.

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                  • #10
                    The Pomodoro Technique

                    Originally posted by TesTeq View Post
                    I've read about this technique here http://www.43folders.com/2005/10/11/...tion-hack-1025.
                    Do you like it / use it ?

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                    • #11
                      @Malahov I'm very similar to you

                      You pretty much described my behavior.

                      I have a good list but I tend to avoid it. It's somehow dreadful.

                      Not really sure what to do ...

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                      • #12
                        It's something I've wrestled with, and continue to do so.

                        Personally I find the most helpful thing for me is to work on the outcome visioning part of whatever it is I'm putting off. Thinking about how wonderful my life will be once I finish doing that thing makes it a lot easier to get started, at least for me.


                        Cheers,
                        Roger

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                        • #13
                          I can focus on the task much longer than 10 minutes.

                          Originally posted by pxt View Post
                          Do you like it / use it ?
                          No. I can focus on the task much longer than 10 minutes. I mentioned it because I've read about Procrastination hack before I've heard about Pomodoro.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by pxt View Post
                            Do you like it / use it ?
                            I've been using this technique for several years now and have found it quite helpful in focusing my time and attention. Only I use the "standard" time intervals of 25/5 for four rotations. Like GTD, there is many layers of the technique if you explore it further. Note I do not use it all the time since it can be a little too over-regimating.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by delittlehales View Post
                              I've been using this technique for several years now and have found it quite helpful in focusing my time and attention. Only I use the "standard" time intervals of 25/5 for four rotations. Like GTD, there is many layers of the technique if you explore it further. Note I do not use it all the time since it can be a little too over-regimating.
                              Oh good. I read about The Pomodoro Technique on these forums and then read the full document. I too only do four rotations of 25/5, but then rather than taking the longer break, I insert a timetabled activity from my "guilt-free play" list.

                              I got this latter part from another technique mentioned on these forums, The Now Habit, by Neil Fiore, which addresses the root causes of procrastination. I don't have a problem with procrastination but was looking for a way to shape my day.
                              Last edited by pxt; 02-23-2011, 08:02 AM.

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