Updated Feb 25, 2021
🖊 Clean Desk Thursday, Feb 25, 2021
The first 6 weeks of 2021 have been a little rough. I was spinning my wheels, I felt I was not accomplishing anything.
The last couple of weeks have been great.
M. mentioned how he cleans his desk when working on a particular thing. My physical desk is always clean. But my virtual one wasn’t. I was used to working with everything open: multiple messaging apps, multiple browsers with multiple tabs, multiple note-taking and TODO lists, …
Every alt-tab is a chance to get a glimpse of something that causes an interrupt and a heavy context switch.
So I started cleaning my desk and allocating time to work on just one thing. And it’s fantastic. (Duh!)
I’m also trying a new scheduling algorithm:
Morning: correspondence, one-off urgent small tasks, meetings
Afternoon: single-task focus work (clean desk, everything closed and all notifications off)
Evening: reading, browsing, learning, small pleasant tasks
I do this Tue-Fri. Monday is special and it’s reserved for big errands and tasks as well as planning small and big tasks for the rest of the week.