Notes from the trenches

Time-blocking works. It works in determining the priority for the day, and it also works in putting limits around tasks, preventing what Steinbeck called the indiscipline of overwork.

GTD Reflect Engage

“Get clear, get current and get creative.” I do mine on Friday afternoon. In fact, it’s the only thing I schedule for Friday afternoon.

GTD Revisited: Organise

Things has little hierarchy, but it does have “areas”. These, I fit with my universal document hierarchy. Everything that I do lives in one of five areas, each with a name and emoji.

GTD Revisited: Clarify

How detailed you get is up to you. If you find yourself typing, "turn on the computer" then you might be going a little OTT on the granularity, but breaking the work into smaller, actionable items really does make the whole thing less initimidating

GTD Revisited: Capture

For all you bright young things a computer analogy might be that the brain is RAM and the intray is storage. Use all the RAM for storage and all your apps will slow down and stall.


None of us know. That’s the thing about death. It seldom makes an appointment.

Tasks & Timeblocking

What about time blocking though? Everyone discovered during lockdowns that if you don’t decide what you’re working on, then life will do it for you.

Long form Writing

It’s off my chest. Flouncy has flounced off. Notes, blogs posts, novels all need a plain, simple interface. No clutter. If you give me lots of settings to tweak, then I will. Anything to avoid writing.
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