Friday, May 11, 2012

Are you doing what you actually want to be doing?

Using our time productively and wisely is often a challenge in our work in academia. A recent Prof Hacker post by Natalie Houston, which draws on the book 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done by Peter Bregman, considers some ideas for integrating reflective planning into your workday.

We're all used to the idea of to-do lists. But how about to-ignore lists as well?
A to-ignore list clarifies in specific terms what it is that you do not want to spend your energy or attention on.
These are the four questions to consider when making your to-ignore list:
  • What are you not willing to achieve?
  • What doesn't make you happy?
  • What's not important to you?
  • What gets in the way?
If you, like I, have projects that you want to accomplish this summer, then why not try also maintaining your to-ignore list?