Week 21 - Life Strikes Back
A lot of life happened in the last week. Nothing major, but a lot of little things. I noticed a lot of nuanced details between my previous system (centered around GTD) and the one I’m working with now (centered around Augmented Reality @joebuhlig).
- Agile Results was formidably, erm, agile. I didn’t feel like I had to put a new priority in a project or task format in OF. I just wrote it down and did it.
- I also found it forgiving. If things blew up during the day, I didn’t feel like my entire system fell into a state of disrepair. I often felt that was the case with my OF system.
- There were also a few times I found I didn’t know what to do next. Initially, I felt annoyed about that; however, I think this was a sign of success. I then took that time to think strategically about what needed my attention or could be done. Prior, I would try to rely on my system to tell me what to do. That just didn’t work for me.
My weekly review takes me 20 minutes now instead of 60. I like that.
I’ve also been excessively tired this week for various reasons, some of which were out of my control. With that I found myself toward the end of the week browsing around the 'Net more instead of taking a break. What’s helped in remedying that is going for a nice long walk!
Using the daily wins from a “results” perspective has been extremely helpful.
Prior, my priorities would look like this:
- Run the daily report and send out
- Call the place about the thing
- Respond to email from so-and-so
Now my list looks like this:
- Rested well throughout the day
- Related well in my 1:1s with reports
- Went for a relaxing walk
There are some subtle but important differences. All my priorities are listed in the past sense. JD Meier advocates for this for a variety of reasons, but I see it in part as a way to implement Stephen Covey’s principle “Begin with the End in Mind”. It’s helped me to think about the result I want to see, versus the sometimes-mounting list of tasks that may prevent me from getting there.
I also like how I’m building my priorities around my whole life, not just what’s most pressing or due that day. I know you can do this with GTD as well, but I was really struggling to make it happen.
Devices after Work
I’ve stuck to this mostly well. There have been a few lax evenings, but rarely am I on my phone for more than 5 minutes total without a purpose.
I am experimenting with the Apple Watch again. I found myself missing the at-a-glance capability to see what meeting is coming up next or a text from my wife. I didn’t miss all the other notifications. So I turned them off!
Did you know you can set a pseudo VIP notification for text messages? I didn’t until I researched a way this week.
- Under sounds, set your default text sound and vibration to none.
- For each contact you want to receive audible (or tap) text notifications for, configure a custom text ringer and vibration pattern.
This effectively creates VIP message notifications. Now the only notifications I get on my watch are from very extremely select applications and people.
There’s still an interesting problem I’m watching to see if I fully embrace the Apple Watch again – the fact it’s on my wrist.
It’s the same problem I have with my phone. There’s a process running on my brain somewhere expecting at some point there’s an action I might have to take. It’s constantly waiting. When I’m at work I don’t notice it, as I’m in and out of apps and communications all day long as a technical supervisor. When I sit down outside to take a break, relax, and just think, that’s when the problem hits me. I just want to look at, fiddle with, and overall distract myself with the watch.
I’m hoping turning off most of the notifications (including the little red dot signifier) will help that cognitive overhead. We will see.
Oh, also, I’m reading digital books. But on a Kindle versus an iPad/iPhone. It’s been just as good as the experience reading in a paper book has been. (I’ve done both in the last week)
Interestingly, since I blew up my way of life (exaggerated) I’ve read 3 (yes three) books.
Here’s to continuing that trend.
I’ve been looking at and coming back to AR for the last 18 months or so. I’m glad I jumped in.
I was really making my way this way, but the granularity I felt OF required (or I required of OF) was the ultimate overhead that pushed me away.
Oh please do. My paper use is still in infancy, but I’m really liking it.