The other day, my magical friend Trevor tweeted about an article he was reading. I clicked over and found this: Best Buy smashes the clock. I glanced over it, more because he was interested in it than anything else, until I got to this part:
People at all levels stop doing any activity that is a waste of their time, the customer’s time, or the company’s money.
Now, I reread that a couple of times, and then I remembered what I had posted about never being still, and I then I reread that sentence again, and I realized that if I better corralled my “work” I would have more time to just be.
For instance: sitting here, waiting and hoping for work to show up is not work. Looking two or three times a day is sufficient.
Same with email: I doubt the president is going to email me for my opinion before he launches the nukes, so I don’t need to be available by email at all times either. I can open it up and delete that spam three times a day, reply to my two real emails and close it again.
And tabs: I had been leaving tabs open until I “got a chance to read them”. Done with that, too.
So here is my new plan: In the morning, I open the email, and go through it deleting, deleting, deleting, and dealing with anything that needs a reply NOW, and then closing Thunderbird. I check my message boards, and then I start working my Google calendar. The calendar holds internet and non internet stuff, but I want to knock out as much internet stuff as I can before lunch.
After lunch: school, then finish up internet. Finished means that the only tab I have open is my Google calendar and that my inbox has nothing from today in it. Eventually, it will mean that my inbox is empty, but I still have some stuff in there from before; 28 actionable items, in fact. This entails opening Thunderbird again, of course, and deleting a ton more junk to get to the few real emails.
When I am done I move away from the computer. This is the most important part! (If I am here, I will be “busy”, which we both know usually isn’t true, but it sounds good, right?) And I don’t come back until the first bedtime at 8pm or later, depending on what is going on here at home. At that time, I can read feeds, make sure there’s nothing left on the calendar, and check email and message boards again, too.
I still need to figure out when I want to clean and read the Bible, but I am betting those things will fall into place pretty quickly.
Oh, I forgot the goal report: We’re not going to talk about my weight this week, since i forgot to weigh this morning when I got up (oops) but I can happily report that I moved 10 books this week, in the form of reviews on my knitting blog.