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De-cluttering Unfinished Tasks

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in General/Overview, Routines & Systems | 0 comments

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...

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What If Your “Number” is One?

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Being 'Just Whelmed', Simplifying Your Life, Stories from Academic Women, Strategies | 0 comments

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...

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Early Warning Signs for Having Too Many Projects

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Being 'Just Whelmed', Simplifying Your Life | 0 comments

Early Warning Signs for Having Too Many Projects

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. ...

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Clarifying Flow Time

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Calendars, Just Whelmed Calendar, Time - Thoughts & Quotes | 0 comments

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...

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Flow & Focus – Different Mindsets?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Calendars, Productive Environments, Routines & Systems, Time - Thoughts & Quotes | 0 comments

Flow & Focus – Different Mindsets?

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...

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How Do I Work on Multiple Articles at the Same Time? Should I Even Try?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Prioritizing, Routines & Systems | 0 comments

How Do I Work on Multiple Articles at the Same Time? Should I Even Try?

The following question was submitted by someone who attended the Hunks, Chunks, & Bites class, and is answered below her question. Question How do you work on four (or x number of) articles in the pipeline? I have no idea how to work on these projects either side by size or one at a time or some combination…. Answer Some people seem to only be able to work on one writing project at a time.  Generally, that didn’t work for me until I got to a certain place (like the very, very end and was just about to send a piece off – then maybe I...

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What Do Bite-sized Writing Tasks (1 hour or less) Look Like?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Routines & Systems | 0 comments

What Do Bite-sized Writing Tasks (1 hour or less) Look Like?

The following question was submitted by someone who attended the Hunks, Chunks, & Bites class, and is answered below her question.   Question I have questions about writing projects specifically, but it could relate to any project I guess. Writing is just where I find it most difficult to implement. What do bite sized (one hour or less) writing tasks look like? Answer Some examples of bite-sized writing tasks: Proofreading a section. Editing a section Writing up a conclusion (drafting) Mindmapping a piece. Finding all the words that I...

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Integrating Project Management and the Just Whelmed Calendar

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Calendars, Just Whelmed Calendar, Time - Thoughts & Quotes | 0 comments

Integrating Project Management and the Just Whelmed Calendar

The following questions were submitted by someone who attended the Just Whelmed Calendar class, the Tenure & Promotion Myths & Mindsets class, and the Hunks, Chunks, & Bites class, and are answered below her questions.   Question How do I decide which of the Project Next Steps and the Mini-Things go under Focus and which go under Flow? You made a side comment about the Project Next Steps being the Big Rocks that get placed first, and the Mini-Things as being Little Rocks that fit around them. But really, I don’t have any Big...

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Clarifying Your Understanding of Focus Time

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Calendars, Just Whelmed Calendar, Routines & Systems, Strategies | 0 comments

Clarifying Your Understanding of Focus Time

The following question was submitted by someone who attended the Just Whelmed Calendar class and is answered below her question. Question Could you please clarify the definitions of Flow Time and Focus Time? Maybe it would be easier to read my (admittedly fuzzy) description of Focus, and then you could point out my misconceptions: Focus Time Driven either by upcoming deadlines or by a desire to knock something off my list. Focus Time tasks are well-defined and have a clear endpoint. Tasks are predetermined for each Focus block (when I sit...

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Podcast: Forget About Getting ‘Caught Up’

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Being 'Just Whelmed', Need to Let Go Of..., Prioritizing, Routines & Systems, Simplifying Your Life | 0 comments

Podcast: Forget About Getting ‘Caught Up’

Dr. Meggin presents a surprising mindset to help you be “just whelmed” – you need to release the idea of ever getting “caught up”. Why do we have to release the desire to get caught up? Are there actually downsides to always keeping the pressure on ourselves with the intent of getting caught up? But aren’t I just failing if I can’t get caught up? Maybe if I’d just work harder, I’d get caught up… What strategies do you recommend? If I’m not going to say, “I’m going to get caught up,” what should I say instead? Listen in:...

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