As many of you know I tend to have a lot of jobs. I do quite a bit of contract work and often have as many as 6 different jobs at any given time. This may seem like it takes every waking minute but as it turns out I have more time to do the things I want to do than many people I know. There are lots of reasons for this and mostly it’s a function of me being smarter about my time and how I manage my time than I was in the past.
Sometimes this comes down to rules I have for myself. There aren’t many of these but today’s Ten Things post directly relates to one of them. I keep everything I need to do in my outlook calendar… no more to do lists (which is a topic for another time). And with that there is a rule.
If I delay/move a task 3 times I take it off my calendar.
Let’s face it, if I can move it 3 times it’s pretty likely it doesn’t need to be done as I’ve lived thus far without doing it. It also likely isn’t a priority for my life and time, and isn’t likely to happen no matter how many times I move it. So why keep fooling myself. “Do or do not, there is no try.”
In this case I’ve been carrying around cassette tapes forever. My plan was to go through them, find the ones that I haven’t purchased as digital music and then either list that somewhere or buy them. But really, why would I want to spend my time doing that?
I’ve lived pretty well without this music for about 10 years now (the amount of time I estimate I’ve not had a cassette player). And sure, some mixed tapes from the past will be gone forever. But also gone is a task that has been on the list for so long it’s ludicrous.
Just like those things we keep for that mystical time in the future when we’ll use them, sometimes we keep tasks around for that mystical time in the future when they’ll actually get done.
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