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Small actions, done daily, create great victories

Update On Half Baked Manor

I’ve allowed the demands of paid work to keep me from blogging.  Silly me!

The grounds of Half Baked Manor have recovered from the drought of a couple of weeks ago.  Since I wrote of my obsession with watering the lawn, the Lord Himself has watered our lawn just about every day.  We have green grass in abundance.  Now, I just need to get my son to keep it cut.

Prospects for our 25th anniversary have brigthened as well.  One of my readers passed along to my mother-in-law that my wife and I bought grass for our anniversary.  She thought that was so unromantic that she took it upon herself to get us a gift card to go to Ruth Chris Steak House.  Thanks Mom!  You’re the best!

Ruth Chris is so out of my league I’m not even sure if I spelled it right!  I do know that it will be a new experience for us.  The small amount of intelligence that I have gathered so far has led me to believe that it will be a cut or two above Ronald McDonald’s Steak House.

Getting Things Done

I am a devotee of David Allen’s Getting Things Done.  I began implementing his system of organization and productivity when I was transitioning to doing freelance work back in 2007.  The initial effect was a quantum increase of organization, productivity, necessary tasks not falling through the cracks, and free time.

The main idea of Getting Things Done is that you get all of your commitments out of your head and into a trusted system so that you can precisely define the stuff that is in your head, turn it in to concrete actions, and have it on a list you can trust, rather than cycling through your brain taking up needed cognitive energy and space. So far, so good.

My difficulty lately has been that I’m collecting alot of lists, but not doing much about them.  I’m beginning to wonder if getting all of these ideas out of my head merely multiplies guilt and frustration rather than increasing productivity.  Am I really “getting things done”?  Or am I like a 500 pound man who owns a whole library of diet books but doesn’t follow through on his knowledge base?

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