Things didn’t go as I expected over the past week. My new role involves an increased amount of time out of the office, but I thought with my new organisation system that I could easily cope being away for a few days. And I did up to a point, but having had time to think about it over the long weekend I know that I could perform much better and be much more effective.
Last week I was only in the office for one and a half days; I had two trips to London (including one overnight) and one to Birmingham. So all this travel means I need to be make effective use of my time in the office to meet people and use specific software I can’t use on other computers, but I also need to be more aware of those tasks that I can complete while I’m out of the office. Of course, Getting things done has the solution with the use of contexts. I tried using these in my first attempt at implementing GTD, but I didn’t find it very useful because I was in the office most of the time. However I think I will benefit considerably from considering this concept again.
Even thought it was forecast to be a wet bank holiday weekend we went to the coast, which meant three days with little opportunity to complete tasks . My plan was to spend the time reading and starting some new posts, but instead I spent a lot of time just thinking, and I kept coming back to the same thought. My organisation system has satisfied my aim because it has resulted in me achieving much more with my time, but the problem is I don’t think I’m focussing on getting the right stuff done yet. The only way I can think of to resolve this is to develop a set of goals (yes, I know I should have these already).
So these are two topics I will be considering in the future, and if you have any tips to get me started they would be very useful.