I’ve noticed days sneaking by where I get nothing done. Nothing at all! And it’s not that I have nothing to do. In fact, I decided to see what exactly I have going on at the moment, and I made a big weird chart that keeps growing new tentacles whenever I leave it alone for a few minutes.
I suspect that the real problem is that I’m spoiled for choice and I’ve started playing the Netflix game with my tasks. You know the one. It’s the game where you spend a show or movie’s-worth of time just browsing around the menu instead of picking something? It’s because you know you can’t do or watch everything you want to watch and do, so now you’ve added the task of ‘look at and rank everything.’
I did the same thing in school – I don’t want to work on the project for the fun class because I’ll feel guilty about neglecting the boring class, but I don’t want to work on the project for the boring class because it’s boring.
The thing is, you’ve only got time to do one or two or three things in a day anyhow, so you can’t spend one of your actions on wondering what you should do with your turn. You need to spend your time chopping the arms off of that monster!
And what do you mean you only get to chop off two or three tentacles a day? Over a year that’s hundreds! The monster doesn’t stand a chance!