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By Merekat (Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 10:53:06 AM EST) (all tags)
There's 10 steps on how to be effective written on the side of a building a little outside the city. One of them says 'do one thing at a time'.

I've never entirely been convinced of that. Certain things definitely benefit from periods of intense focus. However that is not possible for me to sustain for more than about an hour or so in one go, so I frequently swap between tasks, mentally backgrounding one to follow another up to a limit of about 2 'actively' backgrounded (rather than completely) and one being worked on live. I find *not* thinking about something for a little while helps me get more focus on it, able to see the wood and not just trees. The downside is that some of these backgrounded things spring to life at about 3am and demand to be resolved by my own brain, traitor to me that it is. Booze keeps it quiet sometimes, as does exercise but both leave me too wired to have a good night's sleep. I must instead make 'relax' the foreground task which is rather contrary of me. Cooking is good that way, and would be better if it didn't generate unpleasant housework.

Yesterday I bought pork chops. Today, alas, it is not pork chop weather. Nonethless I shall perservere as I am not throwing out good tasty dead happy eco pig.

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There's no such thing by coillte (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 01:08:21 PM EST
as not porkhop weather.

Too hot. Have em outside, with beer and a barbecue. Or cook them inside with a spicy crust, cool them, and much down al fresco in your local picnicing park. Like some alternate universe Bavarian meat popsicle.

Too cold. Slice em open and use em as meat mittens.

Arms my only ornament...
It's Art by komet (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 01:09:56 PM EST

And what do artists know about work?

<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.
I'm the same way by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Jul 21, 2009 at 07:40:25 PM EST
I don't know if it's training from early jobs that were very interrupt-driven, or if my innate workstyle prevented me from going totally insane in that environment. Actually, the answer to the nature/nurture question can probably be traced (inconclusively) to my mother's fanatical habit of parallelizing work. But anyway, I also prefer to have several things in progress at once, and have the same problem with background processes invading my sleep. Upside is that sometimes problems solve themselves in my dreams. Downside is that the solutions don't always work when awake.

"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM
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