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    I am Qrystal; or at least, that's my dot-name! Har har. (My name is really Crystal, but that's not as internet-searchable; hence, switching the C for the little-used letter Q.)

    I am here because I enjoy writing. I do this mostly for myself, but I also have a passion for helping others learn things from the things I write. Now that I am done my Ph.D. in Physics, I am stepping away from academic research so that I can indulge in some creative ways to share my knowledge and inspire the appreciation of scientific thinking in others. I am also working as a tutor, which is one of the jobs I've most enjoyed doing in my life so far.

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  • Priority Stolen by Last-Minute Tasks

    Posted by Qrystal on March 2, 2009 at 1:35.
    Category: Advice. Tags: productivity.

    … [A]ll your […] “urgent priorities” are only urgent because you have left them to the last minute. And why have you left them to the last minute? – because you are prioritizing by urgency, that’s why!

    So says Mark Forster, in trying to convince us that prioritizing by urgency is the wrong way to go about your tasks. When he puts it so succinctly, I can’t help but realize he’s right!

    I always know I should be getting ahead in stuff, but there’s always urgent stuff to do… and when that’s the driving factor, there is stress and therefore procrastination (which reduces the stressed-out feeling, without tackling the cause of the feeling).

    Anyways, I’ve been starting to use Mark’s new Autofocus system for task management, and it’s really interesting. It’s so simple, it should totally work! However, it does take some self-brainwashing, and I’m still at the stage where I’m struggling to remember to look at my list, so I can’t really report yet on how well it’s working for me. I surely will, though!

    UPDATE: I never really did end up following through with this system for very long, even with the many intriguing modifications that became available after I posted about it.  I sort-of figured out a way to set up a system of handling this in Toodledo (just by sorting by modification date, and making a divider task that I would update when I needed to shift the divider) but it ended up feeling too fiddly.  I ended up just letting my instincts drive me forward, and… I’d say it works, but I still procrastinate madly on just about everything, and my to do lists still give me grief when I look at them, so maybe I’ll return to Autofocus someday, or find something else.

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