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Making a living as a freelancer can be fulfilling, but it can also be lonely and stressful. You, alone, have to balance not just your “must-do’s” and “want-to-do’s”—but also your books.
Once you’ve sunk into the warm embrace of your favorite chair after a long day, it can feel excruciatingly difficult to summon up the motivation to go out and exercise, grocery shop, or take in culture. It just seems like far too much hassle and effort to take action. So you stay put.
Traditionally, to-do lists embody the Theodore Roosevelt quotation “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Most of us write down our tasks in no particular order, with no way of prioritizing them. To really supercharge your to-do list, however, we need to add “contexts” to our action items.
Hacking work is all the rage these days, along with tips for managing email, taking notes, and running meetings. But, at a higher level, what can we learn from analyzing the different types of work we do and how we allocate our time?
In a few short years, multitasking has gone from star child to black sheep in productivity pop culture. This is because the most common forms of multitasking require rapidly switching between similar tasks, which creates a sort of “flickering” effect in your brain. (Think of a connection gone bad… annoying at best, useless at worst.)
In our jobs and in our lives, we often find ourselves facing the same list of things to do: attend the daily meeting, produce the monthly report, update the website, finish the annual reviews. Such repetition can rapidly get stale, leaving us unmotivated, uninspired, and unproductive. Sometimes we are lucky and we can delegate or drop such tasks, but, more often than not, we have to plough through. What can we do about this?