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Magic Monday: Productive Procrastination

No limits to what you can accomplish“Magic Monday” posts help you start the week off right. Monday is a great day to review and regroup; if you set your mind to it, you can make this your best week yet. Thank gosh it’s Monday!

Ugh! In recovering from a road trip this weekend (I slept twelve hours straight once I got home), I owe you two blog posts, one for today and one for yesterday. However, I think one of the best skills that we can do as development professionals is to acknowledge that we messed up, don’t dwell on it, and get right to work making this better again. So I will be bringing you the extra post later this week. In the meantime, it’s Magic Monday!

So I’m back in the saddle today, and looking at my to-do list. Because my mental capacity is a little sub-par, I am inclined to do the easy, no-brainer stuff. (I am a natural “productive procrastinator.”) Once in a while this is great—when it’s the end of a day when you’ve been using your noodle non-stop; when you’ve accomplished a lot but have a short period at the end of the day before you leave the office; or when you legitimately don’t have a lot of brainpower left, maybe just before lunch or after a grueling training.

You can really hobble yourself, though, if you’re using the best part of your day to do menial activities. When your brain is fresh and agile, the most efficient use for it is the knowledge work that moves things forward in a strategic way.

Here’s a great article about this very thing from Next Action Associates. It may help you recognize the difference, and what you can do about it. Enjoy!

Too busy? Maybe you’re procrastinating.

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Magic Monday: Your To-Do List

“Magic Monday” posts help you start the week off right. Monday is a great day to review and regroup; if you set your mind to it, you can make this your best week yet. Thank gosh it’s Monday!

This week’s feature is a great little video from Epipheo Television. It gives us tips from productivity guru David Allen on “How to Hack Your To-Do List.”

While this video is not specifically about development, if you’re like me, the to-do lists that you use to manage your many projects at the office can sometimes get a little convoluted, losing their punch at best and derailing you for days at worst.

If the information in the video makes sense to you, you may want to check out Allen’s productivity classics: Getting Things Done, and it’s “sequel” of sorts, Making it All Work. The philosophy and methods that he describes in Getting Things Done have resonated so much with people that it has started a veritable wildfire of devotee blogs and articles. (Allen’s company, the David Allen Co., can be found here.)

What did you think of the video? Do you have to-do tips that help you stay sane? Any horror stories about out-of-control to-do lists? Feel free to share them here.