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Keep Work Flow By Stopping Mid-Task

Keep Work Flow By Stopping Mid-Task
Keep Work Flow By Stopping Mid-Task

When you are timeboxing tasks you are taking specific blocks of time and spending them doing one task at a time. This works really well for writing and staying focused.

You allot, for instance, an hour to write; and then after that hour take a break and, maybe, make lunch or do your washing. When you return to writing you are refreshed and organized. If you write freelance for different jobs this is a good way to stay on schedule between jobs.

A similar concept is working for 45 minutes and taking 15 minute breaks – every hour. This works very well but a problem can occur, and that’s what Jonas Bonér talks about in this article.

Coming back to a task may require starting up all over again, and that can be the hardest part of getting to work. Once started, it would be nice to keep the flow going and keep things moving.

The solution may be to stop working right in the middle of a task. If you’re coding, as Jonas refers to as an example, you may want to stop working after a failed test. This way when you return you know exactly where to begin again.

There is no decision making required to get started and you are thrown right back into your workflow. This also works for writer’s block.

Give it a shot. Instead of working until you reach a ‘checkpoint’, like the end of a paragraph, set a time and finish exactly when the buzzer sounds. Mid-sentence, mid-task.

How To Keep Your Creative Flow – [JonasBoner]

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

“Busy” used to be a fair description of the typical schedule. More and more, though, “busy” simply doesn’t cut it.

“Busy” has been replaced with “too busy”, “far too busy”, or “absolutely buried.” It’s true that being productive often means being busy…but it’s only true up to a point.

As you likely know from personal experience, you can become so busy that you reach a tipping point…a point where your life tips over and falls apart because you can no longer withstand the weight of your commitments.

Once you’ve reached that point, it becomes fairly obvious that you’ve over-committed yourself.

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The trick, though, is to recognize the signs of “too busy” before you reach that tipping point. A little self-assessment and some proactive schedule-thinning can prevent you from having that meltdown.

To help you in that self-assessment, here are 7 signs that you’re way too busy:

1. You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Took a Day Off

Occasional periods of rest are not unproductive, they are essential to productivity. Extended periods of non-stop activity result in fatigue, and fatigue results in lower-quality output. As Sydney J. Harris once said,

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

2. Those Closest to You Have Stopped Asking for Your Time

Why? They simply know that you have no time to give them. Your loved ones will be persistent for a long time, but once you reach the point where they’ve stopped asking, you’ve reached a dangerous level of busy.

3. Activities like Eating Are Always Done in Tandem with Other Tasks

If you constantly find yourself using meal times, car rides, etc. as times to catch up on emails, phone calls, or calendar readjustments, it’s time to lighten the load.

It’s one thing to use your time efficiently. It’s a whole different ballgame, though, when you have so little time that you can’t even focus on feeding yourself.

4. You’re Consistently More Tired When You Get up in the Morning Than You Are When You Go to Bed

One of the surest signs of an overloaded schedule is morning fatigue. This is a good indication that you’ve not rested well during the night, which is a good sign that you’ve got way too much on your mind.

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If you’ve got so much to do that you can’t even shut your mind down when you’re laying in bed, you’re too busy.

5. The Most Exercise You Get Is Sprinting from One Commitment to the Next

It’s proven that exercise promotes healthy lives. If you don’t care about that, that’s one thing. If you’d like to exercise, though, but you just don’t have time for it, you’re too busy.

If the closest thing you get to exercise is running from your office to your car because you’re late for your ninth appointment of the day, it’s time to slow down.

Try these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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6. You Dread Getting up in the Morning

If your days are so crammed full that you literally dread even starting them, you’re too busy. A new day should hold at least a small level of refreshment and excitement. Scale back until you find that place again.

7. “Survival Mode” Is Your Only Mode

If you can’t remember what it feels like to be ahead of schedule, or at least “caught up”, you’re too busy.

So, How To Get out of Busyness?

Take a look at these articles to help you get unstuck:

Featured photo credit: Khara Woods via unsplash.com

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