A long overdue course correction

It appears the wheels have come off my system for managing my workload. Again.

I say again because this seems to happen every few months. There I am trundling along all happy and productive, and then one day, I forget to do something, and I end up having to get myself back on track and build up the habit again. This time is a wee bit different, though. For a few months now, I’ve been strolling along, just doing what needs to get done and letting a bunch of other things slide.

Now it feels like I’ve spent enough time ignoring what I have let slide, and I need to do something about it. Unlike in the past, when I’ve been able to get back up and running in a few days, this is going to take slightly longer. I’ve got some major housekeeping to do over the next few weeks, and it’s going to be a significant pain, but it needs to get done.

The first task is getting everything that I want to do collected in one space. In the past, I’ve used several methods for doing this, including dumping everything to a list or adding everything to a task management app.

Something I haven’t used for a while, though, is a mind map. With the bonus of being paper-based and away from a distracting screen, it lets me group and order everything while I’m collecting it without too much fuss. I’m quite looking forward to it.
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Matthew Lang

Freelance web developer specialising in Ruby on Rails