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I hate my brain oo ice-cream truck! - Diary of a Necromancer
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robling_t
robling_t
I hate my brain oo ice-cream truck!
Once again I find myself in the position of having three, well, no, four things that I need to be doing in the very-short-term, and because of that, being able to concentrate on none of them well enough to make any progress. The Brainweasels are having a field day about that, you can imagine, and they've even helpfully started a tangential meltdown about a side-point of one of the tasks to burn up what few processor-cycles I might have managed to scrape together in a row.

How do "normal" people do any of this? I feel like I was out getting the snacks when the concept of linear time and breaking down tasks to do them in order was explained...

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ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: November 22nd, 2013 02:06 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I don't know that I qualify as "normal," even in quotes, but I make a list. Then the file is worrying about remembering everything, so I don't have to keep it all in my head. Then I work on the one that either is due soonest or seems the most appealing/least daunting. If something feels daunting for too long, I break it down into really concrete sub-tasks. But I think systems like this are really individualized, to deal with everyone's individual brainweasels. For me, it's that it's hard for me to focus on one thing when I feel like I have to remember 10 (so write it down), and that I need at least some spark of inspiration/confidence/whatever to do certain types of tasks (so saying "E-mail that guy from the meeting Friday 9:30" won't work if I'm feeling really antisocial Friday at 9:30). Most systems, I think, do come down to "Find a way to pick one thing at a time to do, even if you're rolling a die to figure out which one."

I'm sorry your brainweasels are running all over each other.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: November 22nd, 2013 03:43 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
The main problem right now is that three of the items involve writing something, which means that they're competing for the same part of my brain, and two of those have effectively the same deadline... I would go work on the one that involves knitting, but I can't even focus on that when the Brainweasels are going at it this hard.

Lists have never worked for me because then I have to remember what I did with the list and to look at it. :)
ankewehner From: ankewehner Date: November 22nd, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Most systems, I think, do come down to "Find a way to pick one thing at a time to do, even if you're rolling a die to figure out which one."

This seems accurate to me. I HAVE used dice on occasion, or asked my twitter friends for a random number. XD
robling_t From: robling_t Date: November 23rd, 2013 08:16 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Insofar as I have a system it appears to be "collect unfinished deadlines until you have a really urgent one, then do the thing that's due LAST." *sigh* But at least one thing gets done that way, right...?
natf From: natf Date: November 24th, 2013 01:45 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
It was explained? I seem to have missed that…
natf From: natf Date: November 26th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
How do "normal" people do any of this?

Also? No idea. AI NOT R NORML.

Edited at 2013-11-26 11:13 pm (UTC)
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