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23 July 2013 @ 07:01 pm
first place!  

I believe The Last Days of Ancient Sunlight may have just shot into first place in the arts category on the Guinness site, with just under 500 votes now. o.o

In the meantime, the Swan River Press project thinks it’s going to catch up to me, but I will generously allow him a second place, er, placement. :)

I have gotten my inbox down to under 80 emails, nearly every one of which is work-related. I’m not kidding myself: the new Gmail tabs have helped with this, as there are another 40 messages or so in the other tabs, but still, this time last week I had 1500 emails and now I have 120.

The oldest one I answered was from January. 2012. Wince.

On the repeated advice of a friend, I got a copy of this organizational book, GETTING THINGS DONE, which I’ve started reading. I’ve got a terrible urge to liveblog-commentary it as I read, which is probably born from the opening bits being (sensibly) about how to make good lists, a thing which I already do. (There’s a reason my to-do lists say “do laundry. fold laundry. put laundry away.”) But the real reason it was recommended for was its approach to letting go, mentally, of the things you’re *not* doing, and I could use some help in that department.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on July 23rd, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who is really struggling to get herself to do things. Is the book worth recommending?

And also, YAYAYAYAYAYYA! (Goes off to vote again.)
kitmizkit on July 24th, 2013 06:00 am (UTC)
Well, I'm only about sixty pages in, but since the system he's describing is a leveled-up version of what I already so--and since I actually accomplish a great deal most of the time--I'd say yes, if she's really in a position where she wants to be able to move on things, it could be helpful. OTOH, its process is not a trivial one to set up, so it really does require some commitment to do it right.
freyaw: Fierce unicorn WRKS IT BABY!!freyaw on July 24th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
I thought everyone's to-do lists say things like "do laundry. fold laundry. put laundry away." Except in my cash it's "do load of washing. hang washing. do load of washing. hang washing. do load of washing. hang washing. bring washing in. bring washing in. put washing away." because I can fit three or four loads of washing on my washing line and bring them in in two basket loads (and I fold and sort things as I take them off the line). Heck, mine says "drink coffee. eat breakfast. eat lunch. eat dinner. eat snack."
kitmizkit on July 24th, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
Apparently not. :)

Actually, a few years ago somebody explained to me that my ability to break lists down into, er, action items, was rare. Most people apparently start with "I want X to be done!" and do not proceed to decide steps A-W in order to achieve X.
Ellen Million: ellen with wrenchellenmillion on July 24th, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
I put minute things on my list so I have the fun of crossing them off. I never thought of it as an actually useful tool...
kitmizkit on July 24th, 2013 07:33 am (UTC)
I do that too, but this guy advocates it as a necessary part of getting everything done. he suggests a truly huge master list of All The Projects You Ever Want To Do, and a breaking it down from there list, prioritizing, cchoosing current projects, breaking it down further, until it's at the "sharpen all the pencils" level of things, as far as I can tell. (I am, after all, only 60 pages in. :))
freyaw: abyssfreyaw on July 25th, 2013 03:43 am (UTC)
Pretty much. It is very useful, although it can get difficult to keep track of. One of the items on the list for me is keeping the whole thing organised and up to date... :-P I have a separate thingy for household repairs and renovations, because none of that can get done unless the house is tidy, and that requires other people's input, so there's no use thinking about it.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on July 24th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)
I just went and voted again and you're up to 568!
Michellesilkblade on July 27th, 2013 07:16 am (UTC)
Which organizational book is this? I could use some help getting things done until I manage to get minions to do them all for me. :)