A recent article from Mark Forster came up with a useful idea for those of us who tend to get distracted away from the items on our to-do list by other less productive pursuits.
Mark suggested that rather than use a time log, to record everything we’ve done; use an “event log” to record everything we’re about to do.
What advantages does this have over a time log? Basically if you have to stop for a second and write down what you’re about to do before you do it then you have to make an active choice as to what it is you’re going to do. So when I complete this posting I might write down:
21:57 – surf on over to gamestar
and I must just stop and think, “Hang on, I still need to sort out the laundry. Gamestar will have to wait”.
You get the idea? I’ve made an active choice as to what I’m going to do rather than just let the fancy take me where it will.
In the next day or so I’m going to give this a try and I’ll report back how I got on.