Fresh starts

It’s spring break here, so the libraries are open but quiet, lightly populated and filled with silence and calm. I’m pretty sure it’s a great environment to get to work in… except that I’ve not gotten much work done this morning. My email’s binging at me, my calendar’s flashing, people are dropping in, the phone is ringing, my ipad’s talking to me…

We spend a lot of time and energy in libraries improving our workflows, our processes, and our services, hoping to be better, faster, more. It’s something I’ve engaged in for my entire professional career, and something I take a lot of pride in, and find pleasure in. Discovering the elegant solution to a problem feels good, and makes us look good, and helps us do good.

What I do less well is apply those same theories to my own productivity, workflows, and life. So, today, when I made up my whiteboard to-do list, I included”Lifehacker tweaks”. I bought the Lifehacker book last week, and am going to try out some of the ideas they present there. I’m going to start with the chapter on firewalling my attention, because if I’ve learned anything it’s that distractions are a killer to productivity. My day is filled with unavoidable distractions, so I’m going to work on cancelling out the avoidable ones.

Maybe it’ll work out well. Maybe it’ll revolutionize my productivity. Maybe it won’t. But, like our libraries, at least I’ll be trying, and who knows, p’raps it’ll stick. And really, what’s the worst that could happen? I can’t get much LESS productive than I’ve felt lately…


One comment

  1. Sounds interesting. Time and productive work are issues a lot of us struggle with. I would love to see a follow-up post on how the Lifehacker ideas worked for you.


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