I have every day open to get what I want done, and I'm getting nothing done. Advice?
January 30, 2012 2:38 PM Subscribe
My daily schedule is wide open, and I'm not getting anything done. How should I schedule my time?
posted by ratherbethedevil to Work & Money (22 answers total) 63 users marked this as a favorite
I am officially unemployed right now. I also have a girlfriend that works long hours. I have all the time in the world, and I'm getting nothing down.
Even though I don't have a 9-5 job, I have plenty of projects I need to work on, from professional, to house, to personal. It would seem my open schedule would lead to great things, but it's been the opposite. I was much more productive when I had a 9-5 job and worked around my working hours.
I basically subscribe to GTD, in that I have a task list broken up according to context (errands, home, computer, etc.). This worked in the past quite well. When I was driving, I would look at my errands list. But the thing is with my open schedule, contexts are less helpful. I can get groceries ANY time I want. I can complete an errand task ANY time I feel like it.
And my calendar is basically empty. In GTD your calendar is for appointments that have a definite time, a time that they have to be done. But most of the things I want to do, no matter how important, don't have a definite time given by an outside source. I am that source.
(I know there's much more to GTD than this. I'm trying to simplify for the purpose of the question.)
I've thought of breaking from GTD for now and each night scheduling my day via my calendar. My thinking is, for now, I'm my boss, so if I say I need to work on project X from 8-10 AM, I need to do just that. But I'm worried that, because in the back of my mind I know nothings holding me to working from 8-10, I'll just put it off.
I realize some of this is basic discipline. I know there's no magical solution. But I was curious how others that found themselves with a ton of free time and lots to do actually got 'lots' done. Did you live in your calendar and scheduled your days? Or did you ignore the calendar and just attacked your todo list each day?
Any ideas or advice is welcomed.