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Mail, BrainDump, Mail, Do

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I’m trying something new. I haven’t been doing a great job of making the switch between my second life (things I do for myself and for passion) and my day job (that which pays me). When I sit at the desk for my day job, I’m consumed by the million things that need doing for the second life.

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I tried doing a brain dump, but that alone wasn’t really working. I couldn’t get everything out of my head and into GTD. So here’s the new method.

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  • Mail- work
  • Brain Dump- second life
  • Mail- second life
  • Do – execute

By following this method, I clear away the few emails of value in my day job account. I then move into getting the things I came up with on the ride to work into a format that I can use them later (I use 37 Signals Backpack to hold my brain dumpings). I go through my personal email quickly, scanning for things that require immediate attention, and “starring” the rest for follow up later. And finally, I settle into doing what needs doing.

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The result, so far, seems to be working. The only crack in the armor seems to be blogging. I seem to want to blend that in with all the other things I’m doing, and that’s not fitting into my day job timeframe so very well. I’ll work on that.

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What’s your ritual for separating what you do for passion from what you do to earn a dime? How do YOU center before starting the day’s work you get paid to do? What are your systems?

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–Chris Brogan is working on a system called Small Boxes, and open-facing his implementation as he goes along. He’s also working on podcasts like The Great Big Small Business Show in his second life.

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