🌸 Emily’s tasks journal

regular reflection etc

Still nothing. This entire week at work I was either socializing or… idk? Being sick? I want to write. But I have some kind of sleepiness / disorganization / brain fog going on.

Consuming a lot of caffeine all the time.

I can work if I know what is the next thing to do, but stopping and thinking — this feels hard.

Maybe it’s a combination of first being sick and now not getting enough sleep? Like idk worse sleep => worse memory => harder to reflect because I can’t remember what was happening two days ago.

doing tasks in order

Doing home tasks in order too now. Or at least several times I did.

other

No other for now.

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Just noticed a thing that stops me from doing some tasks (at least when coding): if there are two equivalent ways to do the same thing, I feel anxious about accidentally choosing one that is not “right” or “recommended”

Example: I’m migrating a node.js project to Turbobuild and I can either use pnpm or turbo as the task runner. So now I’m waiting for an answer from the Turbobuild maintainer about which he prefers.

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Doing tasks in order still feels good.

I have two notebooks. Wondering if I should use the second one for tasks that a) I can do any time (not necessary to do today) and b) that are not scary. I know i can’t force myself to do things that are scary. But I can at least do the things that are not scary but that I still don’t do.

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regular reflection etc

Not happening for now.

doing tasks in order

Sadly today instead of doing tasks in order I spent nearly all working time (and more!) at one task, which was “let’s run some experiments” and then later “let’s try to fix the experiments after realizing they are wrong but I already did a write-up”.

Ie. not a well-defined task, but rather “investigate X”.

It’s easy to get sucked into those, and I did.

I think partly this is also fueled by anxiety. What would happen if I don’t do the experiments? THE SYSTEM WOULD REMAIN BROKEN. HAVE TO FIX THE SYSTEM.

This is yet another example of sneaky anxiety that isn’t normal “I’m scared someone might be angry at me” and so it’s much harder to stop and try to be comfortable with it.

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TIMESTAMPS ARE BROKEN. TIMESTAMPS MIGHT FOREVER REMAIN BROKEN. Very scary.

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regular reflection etc

Not happening recently.

I suppose it could happen if I added it to the list of things to do during the day? But then I also suppose it would have to happen in the middle of the day, not by the end of it when I’m tired.

doing tasks in order

It’s working! I’ve been doing tasks in order both at home and at work, and I like it.

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regular reflection etc

Not happening recently.

doing tasks in order

I’m doing tasks in order! At work I’m doing tasks in order and that’s nice. At home I’m doing tasks less in order but still nice. This is great. Man this is good. (It’s like 6.5/10 good, maybe 7/10 good.)

other

I’m not reviewing the stack of work tasks in Things. So even after I’m done with work, random “Today” tasks in Things still remain there. I don’t like it.

Same with long-running work tasks. I’m not reviewing them re/ making progress on them, and not transferring any tasks from Things lists into the “today” work list. I don’t like it either. I want to either make progress on tasks or give up on them.

Important work tasks and important home tasks also stay out of today lists mostly.

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regular reflection etc

Not happening recently.

doing tasks in order

Works even better when I’m in the office and the weather is good (like today) and there are people around (like today).

I also started a new notebook, “Social tasks”. For reaching out / keeping in touch with people. Things like “send photos to [friend]”, etc. And doing things in order applies to it as well.

other

Mini-vacation (four days) starts tomorrow.

I’m still drinking several coffees daily. And my mood is bad without the coffee. And I still think it would be good to switch from Strattera to Ritalin, maybe.

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regular reflection etc

Not happening recently.

doing tasks in order

I had a day off today and I did lots of tasks, both Brick.do and home/life tasks, in order. Happy about it.

The planning phase (“find tasks in the morning to write down”) is a bit tricky for home, b/c I don’t have an established notion of “longer-term projects” right now. For Brick it’s easier because the backlog of tasks existed in advance.

:new: “social tasks” notebook

I have a notebook but nothing else yet.

other

@grayson’s idea of “backlog with no pressure” lives on as a ‘Someday’ list in Things and I am using this list more often now. However, a lot of things there are either hard to do (“find a therapist”), or I don’t really want to do them (…do something that is useful for others but not myself).

Fine, we’ll sort it out later.

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One thing I’ve just noticed is that I still feel reluctant to move tasks into Someday because I know they will die there. So things like “contribute to a friend’s crowdfunding campaign” remain in the email inbox.

Which is what regular review of Someday supposed to fix! Probably.

For work tasks, anything that has “steps” becomes a new project in Things and then it’s fine if it lives there forever. But for life tasks, I’m not doing this except for the “long running tasks” notebook that I’ve been neglecting.

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I’ll avoid solving it for now. I carved out a “Social tasks” notebook and I’ll try to get it going first.

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