Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 189

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. // Edmund Burke

+ What to expect when going to therapy for the first time.

+ This ultra-soft ballet sweater is long enough to wear with leggings.

+ Can we recover from the negative aspects of work-from-home?

+ & Other Stories has amazing New Arrivals.  I love this peplum blouse.

+ 60 conversation starters for dating apps.

+ WFH Outfit: Oatmeal sweater + Olive Joggers + Boxed hoop earrings

+ Remote work can actually flip the power dynamic for some workers.

+ This Vitablast vitamin-C serum is one of my favorites; so brightening.

+ How do I get rid of bags under my eyes?  Tea bags.

+ Spruce up your desk with this file organizer and Storm Cloud desk art.

+ A guide to quitting your job in a pandemic without going broke.

+ This rose gold DKNY crossbody is such a steal!

+ ‘I used to go out. Now I go to Home Depot.’

My productivity is the biggest casualty of COVID.  My to-do list never seems to empty.  My motivation for tasks, both simple and complex, is difficult to summon.  And it feels like it get a little bit worse every day.

Something had to be done.

So this weekend, I sat down for a self strategy session.  The question was: What needs to get done? How much can I really get done without overwhelming myself?

Then, I restructured my to-do list.

At the top of each list, I write “One, Two, Three,” on separate lines, in all caps.  That is what I must get done before 2:00PM.  Then, underneath, I write two bonus things that I can/should/ought to do.  If these get done, great.  If they don’t, they either move up the list or remain as bonuses for the next day.

Everything else gets written below as a reminder.  As long as the top three things get completed, the day is not wasted.  And crossing them off, even it it’s not my ideal level of productivity, still feels really good on days when I just don’t have it together.  (Which is most days right now.)

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  1. Em says:

    Ugh yes I so feel you on the last word. I feel like all motivation left my body months ago and I’m working on fumes – barely getting the must dos done.

    September 15, 2020/Reply
  2. Sarah says:

    Has anyone tried the ballet sweater? I really like the look. Wondering about sizing and quality (for the price)

    September 15, 2020/Reply
  3. MonicA T says:

    Yes to checklists and yes to doing what we can until we feel like we can do more. I use Google Keep because I have one time use lists and then lists I reuse every week, checking, unchecking, rechecking until the habit is formed and the list can be forgotten.

    September 15, 2020/Reply
  4. Ral says:

    Same place here with my productivity. I tried a few different things this year (bullet journaling, Trello, etc.,), but none worked for me. Couldn’t keep it up – only succeeded in growing the list. Thanks for sharing your system.

    September 15, 2020/Reply