Today wasn’t as productive as I would have liked

I got up late, because I went to bed late, because I was working late the night before.

I had my list of tasks to do all set out, although I didn’t do my ‘morning routine’ because it wasn’t exactly the morning when I got up. No healthy breakfast (straight into a healthy lunch). No daily stretches. No real exercise. Blah.

The top task of the day was to finish off some product analysis I am doing. Mostly this involves taking screenshots and looking at the functionality of a product. Pretty boring, but I managed to drag this out far longer than was valuable.

It didn’t help that I allowed myself to be interrupted, and go into an interrupt driven flow for a few hours. Answering emails, researching stuff on the web. Lack of focus!

Highlight of the day was going outside — blue skies, sunshine and not too cold. Walked up to the Indian snack place up the road. They have been taken over by new management. Food was good, including something the owner says is his own invention. I will be going back tomorrow to get more food.

I wasted more time later by becoming embroiled in the NYTimes Cooking site. It’s an excellent site, really nicely produced. I have had an idea for a Recipe App/System kicking about for a few years now, but have never really worked on it. The NYTimes site is very good, very slick. Probably covers 90% of the value of my idea, and the bonus is I didn’t even have to write any code to enjoy the benefits of it now existing.

I really need to make a new recipe this week. One new recipe a week, seems like a good idea, until you try to make the time to do it.

It’s 3:30am, my todo list seems to get longer, not shorter. Hopefully tomorrow will be more FOCUSSED. I am going to write down my task list for tomorrow right now. I just noticed that today, the section of my worklog that I reserve for distractions is completely blank! This is of course, because I allowed myself to chase those distractions, rather than stay on-point.

LESSON LEARNED:

  • Don’t start the day with a boring task. Pick something that will help you get into the flow.
  • Always capture distractions on paper and review and act on them later.
  • Don’t fall foul of the email/phone call/messenging interrupt cycle. Once in its grasp, it’s hard to escape.
  • Some distractions are better than others, but they are still distractions.

Sloppy won today I guess.