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De-cluttering Unfinished Tasks

De-cluttering Unfinished Tasks

Recently, Meggin was asked this question: “As an academic at a mid-sized institution, I am looking forward to another term and I’m trying to de-clutter the piles of paper in my office for real this time! For me, the papers are certainly a big problem, but having failed multiple times to clean them up, I think that I have identified one additional problem that I don’t really know how to solve. Each paper seems to represent a task that is “unfinished” – or represents something I should have done or meant to do. This really messes with all...
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What If Your “Number” is One...

In one of the Just Whelmed Wee Weekly Workshops, I share with subscribers that they need to know what their “number” is – as far as how many tasks or people are the right number for staying “just whelmed.” One of the subscribers sent me this question: “What if your “number” is 1????  Recently, I devoted every single day to ONE task (until I completed it–well, for the most part, by the 3rd day, I had to move on to other things) and it was great.  I knew what I was supposed to be doing each day, I felt very accomplished...
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Early Warning Signs for Having Too Many Projects

Early Warning Signs for Having Too Many ...

The following question was submitted by someone who attended the Hunks, Chunks, & Bites class, and is answered below her question. Question Are there early warning signs for having too many projects on the go? Or is it simply the need to notice that my “bite” sizes are getting too big that will hint of an imminent choke point… Feeling crazed with how much I need to get done and my to-do list has flown out the window – fancy realising that just now… Answer I love this question.   And yes, early warning signs.  Brilliant.  I think I’ll have...
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Clarifying Flow Time

Clarifying Flow Time

The following question was submitted by someone who attended the Just Whelmed Calendar class and is answered below her question. Question Here’s my understanding of Flow Time and I’m wondering if I’m on the right track so let me know: Flow Time Flow time is working on stuff that either doesn’t have a deadline or the deadline is far away (e.g., this summer, or next year). Tasks are less well-defined and I am unlikely to finish the task during this Flow Session. Examples of Flow Time tasks: writing tentative outline for workshop in November noodling about conference...
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Flow & Focus – Different Mindsets?

Flow & Focus – Different Mind...

The following question was submitted by someone who attended the Just Whelmed Calendar class and is answered below her question. Questions Should I think of Flow and Focus as being two different mindsets (rather than two different genres of tasks)? Is it possible for the same task to be placed in Flow Time one week and in Focus Time the next? When I schedule Focus time, do I always specify the tasks in advance? When Flow Time is scheduled, do specify the tasks in advance? Or do I just specify the general topic I will be Flowing in? Answer I like the way you’ve described...

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