Better than refrigerator list? Antidotes for Crazy Busy Gemmelsmerch

Have you found one or two ways to cope better with your Crazy Busy life?  If so, you should have an extra couple minutes to add a comment to this posting below! 
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We're looking for very specific steps that REALLY work for YOU and that might work for some of your colleagues or friends. Something many of us could do within the next week.

For some people, posting a new list of goals on the refrigerator really works.  But for others - like me - posting the list is yet another way of fooling ourselves into believing we've solved the problem before we take the first real step! The newest list soon gets lost among the others.
So, in a comment below, please describe one or two of your favorites that REALLY work for you. Something beyond a refrigerator list.  Something you've gotten from Hallowell's book CrazyBusy: overstretched, overbooked, and about to snap! : strategies for handling your fast-paced life or brief interview of Hallowell about Crazy Busy, elsewhere.   
For a good prompt, see "Identify and control the sources of gemmelsmerch in your environment.  Gemmelsmerch, the force that distracts a person from what he or she wants or ought to be doing, is as pervasive and powerful as gravity."  This is Item #6,  which includes over 20 suggestions, in Hallowell's Chapter 28  "Ten Key Principles to Managing Modern Life."  
Here's another example excerpted from Hallowell's blog "Tips for the Crazy Busy":

excerpt copied Oct 21, 2010:
 "...put...  computer on a table behind her.  Now, in order to do email, she has to swivel around in her chair.  This means that she much [sic] make a conscious decision to do so, instead of just mindlessly clicking on her email."


Anonymous said...

Julie Giuliani: I'd be interested in knowing how other countries view technology. For example when I was in the Netherlands, they viewed Blackboard as just another technology. Here it is the train that drives the track.

sally gilbert said...

eliminate the refrigerator

Beth Dailey said...

Following up on our conversation today about campus and community reads. Marc Boucher organized a very successful campus and community read while he was the library director at Nicolet College. I talked with Marc and he would be very interested in being involved in conversations about this and the use of e-books. He can be reached at this e-mail address, marc@megandmarc.com