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I’m Losing It

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I can’t keep up. My thoughts are everywhere. My schedule is lost, my tasks are gone. I can’t remember what I’m suppose to be doing.

I’m at my desk at work, I’m at home in the kitchen, I’m everywhere, and nowhere.

I’m doing everything, and I’m doing nothing. I’m so incredibly hot… and dizzy. I’m losing my balance.

Um. What a relief.

It was all a dream. I’m awake. It was a horrible dream about time management.

I’m dreaming about time management, who’d have thought? Not me, that’s for sure.

My biggest concern when it comes to time management, and it has been occupying my mind lately, is that I can’t keep track of my tasks, or my ideas.

If I just had a to-do list, a list to keep track of my thoughts, everything would be so much easier. But I do have a to-do list, actually, I have many to-do lists.

It’s easy to concentrate, and I’m focused when I need to be, but that doesn’t really help.

I have been using Things on my iPhone. It works great, and I usually keep my iPhone close to where I am. This way it’s easy to add new tasks to my to-do list. I have also been using the advice from Nick Cernis and his Todoodlist. That’s also working great.

And, I’ve been keeping notebooks everywhere, and small yellow stickers. I love post-it notes.

I have many to-do lists, but no place to keep everything together.

When it comes to articles for my blogs, I’ve been thinking about writing everything inside WordPress and then schedule the articles to be published. This way I will always keep track of my new posts, and I can continue writing them where ever I am, as long as I have an internet connection. But I can’t stop using WriteRoom, it’s addictive. It has to be.

As I’m writing this, I’m using four different computers, and sometimes the article I’m currently writing is located on the computer at work, and I’m at home trying to finish writing it.

I have the software, I have the moleskine notebooks, I have it all, except for the strategy.

I can’t decide.

I would really appreciate some feedback, what’s working for you?

Image: Scott Ableman



8 responses to “I’m Losing It”

  1. Gillian says:

    Excel spreadsheets. Yep an Excel spreadsheet is what you need. You can have columns such as: Subject area(eg marketing, WordPress, tolls etc ) Main topic, Sub-topic, Date posted, Where (if a guest post) etc etc You can then sort them by Subject area.
    You can have a spreadsheet for your marketing/visibility strategy.
    You can have a spreadsheet for you To do list and there you can prioritise by having a column with numbers and sort the tasks by number – or by date – or both. If you want me to elaborate drop me an email to gill@groupgsp.com

  2. Ric Nunez says:

    Use this strategy. Every morning, try writing down in a paper sheet 4 things that you want to do. Doesn't need to be extremely hard things, just regular things that need to be done, things that you need to move on in some way that day. Finish your work day after you scratch it all. That will give you some sense of accomplishment, that you didn't lose the day. I try to do this, when I feel overwhelmed, it helps me all the time.

    • Hey Ric,

      This sounds like an awesome strategy. But don’t you add anything to your to-do list (or to your list of ideas) other than every morning? I usually add things every time I get a new idea, and then I need to sit down and sort things out and get an overview.

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

  3. Hey Gillian, Excel spreadsheets sounds like a great idea. It's easy to get a good overview. The only thing I'm a little worried about with this method is how to add things when I'm not using a computer?

    I might add it on my iPhone, or in a notebook, and then finally add it to the spreadsheet as soon as I get access to a computer. Is that how you do it?

    Thanks a lot for your comment.

  4. Ric Nunez says:

    I use evernote to get notes all the time. Then I use xmind mindmapping tool to expand the ideas and go from there. but my idea on the first comment is not about the tool, but to have things done.

  5. Ah, I get it 🙂

    I'll try your strategy, starting tomorrow.

    Thanks.

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