Notes from a Floating Life Thoughts about productivity, digital living, and leading a simpler life

Links Roundup - March 28, 2017

Understanding How Much Time You Really Have

A clock

How many times have you heard yourself say If only I had more time … Those words have passed my lips far too many times for me to remember.

If I only had more time … Well, you don’t. Period. And all those little hacks to save a few seconds here and a few seconds there have done little, if anything, to change that.

You have a set amount of time during the day. And to be productive, you have to understand how much time you really have, and work within that constraint.

Start With a Master Task List

The words 'To Do' spelled out in Scrabble tiles over a post it note

I don’t know how many people I’ve encountered who are overwhemled by their task lists. With many of them, those task lists go on for several pages.

With that much to do, you’d think those folks would be rushing to put a dent in their lists. That’s often not the case.

Far too many people are paralyzed by the sheer amount of what they need to do. And, often, what they think they need to do. They don’t know where to start. Looking at their task lists causes them to lose any motivation to continue or even just get underway.

The problem, besides having too much on their lists, is that their approach to task management is wrong. It’s ineffective. It’s the cause of their headaches.

Instead, they need to start with a master task list.

Links Roundup - March 14, 2017

Learning to Say "I Don't Know"

A question mark spray painted on a tree

Too many people (and one is too many) fear admitting that they don’t know something. They fear admitting they’re not perfect or on top of everything that they think they should be on top of.

They’re afraid to say I don’t know.

The problem is that you can’t know everything. You’re often thrust into new situations at work or into new social circles. You have new ground to tread, new information to assimilate, new ways of doing things to learn, new people to meet.

Those situations are often outside your knowledge or experience. There’s no shame, no matter what some people seem to think, in admitting there are gaps in your knowledge.

If you want to grow and to learn, you need to swallow your pride and say I don’t know. Say it loudly. Say it clearly. Say it proudly.

To get past your hesitancy, you need to ask yourself What’s the worst that can happen? Will someone laugh at you? Will they look down upon you? Will they think you’re an ignorant lout? If they do, so what? The problem lies with them, not you.

The positives of saying I don’t know outweigh the negatives. If you say I don’t know, you’ll learn something. You’ll grow. That’s a great payoff for swallowing your pride and uttering three simple words.