I am very much a creature of routine. When I’m running according to habits, I don’t forget things. Everything’s got a time and place, and that gives me the freedom to make little changes, and keep track of what’s going on. It’s a “mind like water” sort of thing. When I don’t have a routine, things tend to fall through the cracks. My way of solving that is to make lists. I write things down, and I cross things off. It works.
I’ve also discovered a nice end-of-day routine for work. The last 15 minutes of my day, I look over my projects (I’m on a “project based team”), and write down a few next actions for each of themo n post-its that I then stick to my monitor. This accomplishes several things:
- I wrap up the day and see what I’ve gotten done.
- I have written reminders of any small niggling things that need to be taken care of before pushes.
- I have a starting place the next morning and a reminder of exactly where I left off.
The point isn’t to come up with TODO lists for the next day. It’s to give me a series of starting points to get my brain in gear. I have no idea how this methodolgy is going to translate to the Peace Corps. Haha. I guess we’ll wait and see.