I Promised Myself

I promised myself…

  • I will only do things that I think will take less than 1 hour. I have worked on “tasks” such as “make new presentation” for weeks, without feeling any kind of progress. By breaking down big tasks into smaller ones I will be happier, because I will feel a sense of completion.
  • I will aggregate small tasks so they take half an hour or more. I have answered emails 10 times per day, in chunks of a few minutes, which meant I treated emails as interruptions, not as work. By combining small things I will turn distractions into more focused work.
  • I will only work on tasks with a long-term purpose. I have wasted countless hours writing useless blog posts, attending uninspiring sessions, and organizing meaningless meetings. By asking “why?” for everything on my list, I make the best of my time on this planet.
  • I will keep track of all tasks I am completing. I have spent years not remembering what I did and not knowing how to improve. By measuring myself I can improve my work. By improving my work I will improve my life.

I wrote and published this post in less than one hour. And I did it because I think it helps me keep my promises. Now I’m ticking it off the list.


p.s. Please don't suggest that I should use the Pomodoro technique. I tried and it didn't work for me. However, I will check and see if Personal Kanban has anything to offer me. Because I do try everything.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/ltymoszczuk LTymoszczuk

    try Getting Things Done technique 🙂

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jurgenappelo Jurgen Appelo

    I’m already a GTD follower 🙂

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sahotamichael Michael Sahota

    I switched two weeks ago from Personal Kanban with small sticky notes to LeanKitKanban and even pay $5/mo for Pro subscription to get the Personal Kanban template. I have two ways of pulling from my backlog: by energy (what I feel like doing) or by deadline (in which case I hide the rest of the backlog so I focus). This is on top of GTD.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jurgenappelo Jurgen Appelo

    No Android version. 🙁

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sahotamichael Michael Sahota

    I only use when at my computer so it works fine for me. I guess if you need offline mode for when you travel then it may not be suitable. I can still see everything even disconnected – just can’t change things.

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