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

How Do I Work on Multiple Articles at th...

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 would focus completely on...
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What Do Bite-sized Writing Tasks (1 hour or less) Look Like?

What Do Bite-sized Writing Tasks (1 hour...

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 haven’t been able to find the...
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Clarifying Your Understanding of Focus Time

Clarifying Your Understanding of Focus T...

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 down for my Focus time, I already...
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Podcast: Forget About Getting ‘Caught Up’

Podcast: Forget About Getting ‘Cau...

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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