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Don’t Want to Work? 5 Ways to Get Things Done Anyway

I truly love my job, I really do. I love the
people I work with, I love the people I work for, I love that I get to a ton of different tasks every day. Regardless of all of that, some days, I just do not feel like working. But I’m an adult, and adults have to do things they don’t want to some times. Here’s what I do when I don’t want to work to get back in the groove and get things done. Continue reading

Tuesdays with Linden’s Favorite Links | 13-Sep-11

I got a big kick in the pants last Friday, a kick that knocked me into depression and frustration over where I’m at in life and the direction my career is headed. So what do I do? I clean, of course.

It always makes me feel better, and why wouldn’t it? Instead of walking into my work space to see a cluttered desk, I see lots of clear space to work in. Instead of cringing when I walk into the kitchen because of the piles of pots and pans (i.e. handwash-only items) left over from a week of preparing several new recipes at home, I walk into a sparkling kitchen. The work itself makes me feel better even. Then, I spent some time polishing up my organization and workflow processes on Sunday afternoon.

So today I’m going to share some links with you that inspire and guide my cleaning and organization.

Cleaning

FlyLady: I’ve talked about FlyLady before, but I’ve been finding recently that when I feel weighed down by life, I can still “do anything for 15 minutes.” I’ll make a list of three or four tasks I need to get done, set a 15-minute timer, and just go on auto-pilot. At the end of the day, my depression isn’t compounded by the fact that I didn’t get anything done today.

Organization

Craft the Perfect Calendar and To-Do List This Weekend: This post inspired my Sunday-afternoon workflow makeover. It’s chock-full of links to other great productivity posts, so read it through, then read it through again and read the linked posts.

How to Use 6 Calendar Views to Be More Productive: I’ve already separated my personal and work calendars, but this post suggests I go a little further. Sounds a bit like creating horcruxes, but definitely not as bad. Anyway, I’m not sure I’m going to follow this method, but this post really got me thinking.

Upgrade Your GTD Calendar and Keep Up with the Times: If you’re a GTD fan, you need to read this post. Again, I don’t think I’ll be using this exact method, but this post helped me think outside the box as far as modding popular methods to fit how I think and work.

Tuesdays with Linden’s Favorite Links: Productivity | 2 Dec 2008

I just pledged to turn these into themed links, and I have to admit, I was a little stressed about picking a theme for this week, but as I was processing my feeds, it became pretty obvious which links I would be sharing today. Well, that and the stress (read: stack of papers to be graded) I’ve been feeling. This week, we’re going to look at some great productivity and Getting Things Done links. I’ve got some productivity tools, some sad news, and the first–and free–issue of the first Productivity! magazine.

I seem to go through periods of productivity and periods of the opposite, whatever that is called. Eventually I’ll get there, I guess; reading all these articles helps. I’m reading and collecting ideas and tools, trying them out, adapting them, and just basically trying to change my habits. That seems to be all that you need to do to really be productive, lose weight, start running, et cetera, et cetera. If only changing our habits were as easy as flipping a switch.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.