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08. 16. 2007

Computer ADD on the rise

Or maybe it's just me.

At the moment, I have seven webpages open on my small Dell laptop, plus my Quicken program, plus Quikbooks (for business), plus my Audible account (because I was searching for a book that was nagging at me, but which I forgot the title of the instant my Audible account opened), plus Movable Type (for writing this post), photo editing software, my password keeper, and Outlook.

A few minutes ago, I remembered that there was something I needed to look up urgently, so I clicked to open another web browsing tab, waited something like 15 seconds for it (so, so slow), then . . . whoosh . . . gone. Brain meltdown.

Next, looked in the archives of Lifehacker for recommended solutions to this problem, got distracted reading the piece titled Cut your audio learning time in half (what a coinkydink!), forgot what I went to the site for . . .

This is the pattern, and I want a solution that doesn't involve meds. I did just read through the post on Lifehacker that previews the productivity chapter of their book. One suggestion in the book is to "dash through tasks with a timer." Yeah, I'll get right on that. (The book, Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tips to Turbocharge Your Day, is available at Amazon.

Hold on a sec . . . just got an email from Elance where I posted a job notice for . . . something.

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Lee:

Notepad, flash drive, and organization.

Get and keep with you a flash drive. On this drive keep a directory of text files. Notepad opens in under 2 seconds. Make sure all of your computers open TXT extension with notepad, not word, wordpad, or any other application. If you add the line ".LOG" at the top of the file, Notepad will adde time and date stamp and position your cursor after the T&D.

'Think' into that directory of TXT files; that is to say, if you find a URL, copy/paste it into a file and give a description. Any other thoughts put in a file.
Save frequently
repeat - Save frequently

Learn to slow down, and save the thought for later.

Learn how to properly use 'timesharing' (which means working on more than one thing at a time). If you give 1 project all of your time you can get it done. If you share your time between projects, they will appear to take longer but it may work well because you are waiting on someone or something.

However, if you spend more time in the "now, where was I?" state, all the projects suffer.

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