I used to hate to-do list. It did not matter if it was on paper, software, or in my Inbox. Admittedly the Inbox was by far the worst choice, but I have a long standing troublesome relationship with email, which I believe I finally overcame with Mailbox.
I've had an email account for a long time. I remember when every email was exciting. That was a mighty long time ago. At one point I wrote about the dread of email as I discovered Inbox Zero and managed to reach a new found un-dread of email.
For the most part I've been happily chugging along. While I have not always been at Inbox Zero, it's been a much better feeling.
I've been thinking about "work". The word itself has a lot of meaning. For some there is importance, fulfillment, challenge. For others it carries less positive attributes such as obligation, tedium, dread.
I myself am fairly ambivalent and depending on the day I can have positve or negative feelings associated with work.
Overall I don't spend much time thinking about work.
I spend a lot of time communicating. Since I work from home most of the time, much of my communication takes place electronically. Working from outside the office greatly reduces the number interruptions. However, it also makes it impossible for people to see if you are very busy before interrupting you.
I have found that it helps a lot to share how you approach communications. For me it comes down to mostly three methods:
In my line of work, and I'm sure many others, there are often conflicting interests between day to day things that need to happen and bigger, more interesting things that are important. Sometimes it feels like the difference between unclogging the toilet and building a swimming pool ... yeah, the pool would sure be nice, but nobody wants to see the toilet overflow.
In the end it comes down to conflicting priorities and over the past short while I've been contemplating the difference and relationship between tasks and projects.
I've been doing IT for a long time. I've tried running with multiple systems. I've used multiple monitors. I've struggled against disk space limitations and longed for a faster processor, a 2nd processors and more powerful graphics cards. I've changed my thinking entirely.
First, I've realized that most of my work happens on servers and those servers will always be more powerful than my personal computing device. In the end my personal device is primarily an input/output tool and I need a monitor and a keyboard.
It's a tedious process converting a bunch of old movies to a digital format, but I'm finally making progress. In then end it helps if you have some decent scripts to help converting vcr to avi.
Since I've been trying to step up my game in the kitchen, I found that some really good spices are only helpful. A friend of mine introduced me to the Savory Spice Shop.
Just the other day, we made another trip to replace some other old spices from the cupboard such as turmeric and white pepper. At any rate the place is aweome and if you do go, check out the shallot salt and the various types of paprika.
Yeah, vegetarian sausage will likely sound odd to a lot of people, but it's out there and as a vegetarian it's a nice option. There are a few pre-made options, but many of them are just not very good. The best ones out there were made by Boca, but after they were acquired by Kraft, they disappeared from store shelves. That's what spawned my interest in making my own.
Ever since we managed to successfully embark on a nearly month long trip to Europe, I wanted to put together some of the steps we took to make it happen. Well, things move slowly sometimes, but after some web site migrations, life and not to mention the actual writing, I'm pleased to report that I finally put Planning a European Vacation online!