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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
Productivity roulette
I'm slowly ramping up to full productivity after being ill with the cold. Today I've been using a technique that we call Productivity Roulette over on Habitica. Basically you pull out of your To-Do list a selection of tasks that you can either complete that day or at least make some progress on. Then you number them, use a random number generator (or throw dice) to give you a number and that's the task you do next.

I don't do it all the time, but I find that a bit of randomness helps me get over feelings of stuckness. So far have done 3 tasks which were: to process, post and blog my weekly photo for a Flickr challenge; set up a challenge in the Welsh guild on Habitica; and made myself sit down and carefully go through the booklet about the Welsh exam I have (foolishly?) registered for. That final task has resulted in checking off one To-Do, only to add two more, but at least I know exactly what is involved now and no longer have a lurking sense of dread that I'm going to miss a deadline.

I probably have time for one more task before I have to cook dinner. Random number generator, here I come!

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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trenton22 From: trenton22 Date: April 9th, 2016 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a cool system. I like it. Might try it soon. The To-Do list is certainly long enough.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 10th, 2016 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I find that the Productivity Roulette is really useful for getting rid of a lot of small tasks that are cluttering up my list and which I feel I shouldn't do because there are more important things to be done -- but then I don't get started on the more important things because they're too intimidating!
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: April 10th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I am not sure I could do that! I have to be in the mood to do certain things, hee hee!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 10th, 2016 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
That's why you apply the technique to a short list of tasks not to your whole to-do list. :)

I usually pull out half a dozen tasks that are either immediately doable (which includes having enough mental and physical energy as well as enough time) or are large tasks which have a suitable Next Step that can be done that day.

I find it's useful for getting rid of a lot of small tasks that are cluttering up my list and which I feel I shouldn't do because there are more important things to be done -- but then I don't get started on the more important things because they're too intimidating!
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