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Old 06-24-12, 07:44
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There was a thread around here recently, asking for an app, to help keep that OP, productive. Don't remember all the details. I think he wanted an app to shut his PC down and lock him out, for a set time. I told him to just stay off the PC.
But I've been thinking. I never get to a point with everything I do, where i can say, I am done.
I am behind on photo editing, behind on PC maintenance, behind on the news, I follow, behind on my drawing lessons, just mowed the lawn, took care of 3 PC's since Friday, want to get out fishing, have a site to mod, need to get the bird feeder filled, emails to read, and here I sit wasting time surfing.
It seems I never get done what I originally intended. I go looking for a particular image, see something odd, follow some links, read some trivia, go to youtube (for a sec) follow a bunch of music trees, edit a picture, read and post at some forums, find the image I was looking for, go eat breakfast, take the cow dog for a walk............... You get my point.

Am I alone and in need of some structured help? Or are all the rest of you, doing the opposite of what you plan, too?
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Old 06-24-12, 10:12
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I personally think a stigma has been built over the years that while not working we must accomplish things, be it mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, going shopping, exercising etc.
I say it's BS, a few weeks ago I took 10 days off work, my wife booked the time off because we had to go up North for a weekend for family party. So instead of just booking the weekend off I thought I'd book the same as her so we could have a week together.
I was constantly asked where I was going for my vacation, my reply was always the same "I'm going to go to DoNothingsVille" , most of my co-workers were confused by this, my intentions were to play a lot of games, spend time with my girl and sit around, why? Because I work 60 hours per week and think I earned the right to do nothing.
"Are you going to work on your house?"
"No, that's more work, the point is NOT to work"
Hell my boss even went so far as to suggest that if I'm not doing something or going on vacation somewhere then why do I want or why should he give me the time off.

Which brings me to the argument I have with many people about how much time I spend gaming, this is MY free time, some people fix cars, some stitch, some work on their house, some go out with friends.... how are any of these different to me playing games.
Why do we feel compelled to do things we don't want to do and minimalize time doing things we actually enjoy?
Sure certain things have to get done as Gloo said, have to clean the house, have to go shopping, I put all these things in the same category as "Having to go to work"
At the end of the day I put personal time at the top of my priority list apart from the obvious necessities such as work and cleaning, but putting things off like cleaning the car or dusting the shelves doesn't make you lazy, if you are on the PC doing something you enjoy, and that feeling of "I'm wasting time" starts to kick in, just think... are you enjoying yourself?.... if the answer is yes, then how exactly are you wasting time?
We don't have to spend every waking moment "Accomplishing something" , by doing something you enjoy that others deem "Waste of time", you are not wasting time because the time you are spending doing something you enjoy is accomplishing sound mind, relaxation, rest, good for the soul etc, however you want to put it.

We humans have got it backwards in many cases, "work to live, don't live to work"

Life only comes round once, don't work it away.

I realise I kind of went off on a tangent there but the OP sparked a thought after a disagreement I had the other day lol
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Old 06-24-12, 11:09
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My PC maintanence is up to date. My photo editing is dismal. They're all over the place. I have doubles and triples, blurry pictures, pictures of my thumb etc.
Still haven't finished planting outside, the pool isn't running yet, but got the winter cover off yesterday. My car needs work, my truck needs work, my wife's van needs work.
But the winner is... I have a bathroom reno that's been in progress for over two years. My wife is very patient, and we have another bathroom in the basement, that also took me two years to renovate so we had a bathroom to use while i work on the main one.
So I never get things done but I plan well..
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Because my work schedule can at the kindest be described as "erratic", I don't plan. Not for anything. When I wake up and have a day off, then I do stuff. What that stuff is depends on what is most important at that time, although I do have a list of things that eventually need to be accomplished.

But I do build in playing time. If I spend an hour working online, then I can spend 30 minutes playing online. If I wash and dry a sink full of dishes and put them away, then I can spend 15 minutes playing online. Or, I'll clean the bathroom (or whatever other room needs it), and follow it with reading a chapter of my current book. It works for me.
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Sometimes it's best zoning out and stare at a wall....beneficial for health, mind and body. For me, personally, I do rotational 12 hour shift work.... and on my day off, I don't feel the need to make every spare time from a to-do list. Tomorrow is another day, and if things don't get done... well... if the wall gets dirty, for sure I will wash it down then stare/zone-out at it once again....

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well usually i don;t make plans, because i have a busy life and sometimes i can;t do what i propossed to do : starting with the labs of the faculty which are necessary, they disturbing my life a little, because they aren;t fixed. in the time remaining, i'm doing things which i think they have to be done, like: spending time the computer programming(because i want to get a job), searching a lot of things which make me curious, listening music. when i get borred i'm cooking, drinking, watching movies(a lot). even that, i think my life a little bit borring... but i'm thinking to the next 10 minutes, not tomorrow, and i miss "yesterday".
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At the end of the day I put personal time at the top of my priority list apart from the obvious necessities such as work and cleaning
I no longer work, so I have lots of time, just can;t get things done, because I have too many interests. I'm always getting the house or yard work out of the way, so I don't feel guilty on the PC or vice versa.
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I realise I kind of went off on a tangent there but the OP sparked a thought after a disagreement I had the other day lol
NP I tend to stray, myself. lol
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My PC maintanence is up to date. My photo editing is dismal. They're all over the place.
Yepper, I have 3 PC's to keep up with. They're not dismally behind, just not as shiny as they should be.
I used to edit, file, and cleanup photos every time I stuck my SD chip in, now I'm lucky if they get to the Pictures folder, within a month.
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If I spend an hour working online, then I can spend 30 minutes playing online.
That's were I am getting behind. lol "Work" for me takes me to a game site, or to StumbleUpon to browse Photoshop stuff, or here (and a 100 threads, I don't need to read), or to some other place with distractions. If I were my boss, I'd have me fired.
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Sometimes it's best zoning out and stare at a wall....
Most times, I am trying to get things done, I am sitting with a view of a large field, my bird feeders and part of a road. I do zone
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The only reason I'm able to frequent places like this one, is that I combined 'puters and work, (i.e. I Direct a few Co.'s, including an I.T. business), so it's (sometimes), easy for me to "flip' in between work and 'pleasure'. . That, and working on different projects, anywhere from 12-18 hr per day. Guess I would have to enjoy at least most of my work or I'd go crazy, (yeah, yeah, even more than I am).
Agreed That it is important to fill your life with it's pleasures, and not just work, household/family duties, eat/sleep, (though many of those duties may indeed be pleasurable). 'Quiet time' to absorb my own thoughts and sometimes nature is also important to me. High-tech is great, but I often need to get 'down to Earth', so to speak as well.
I will never get everything done that I may wish to, which is how it should be, i.m.h.o. Life is about choices and priorities, otherwise it holds little challenges and variety for me, at least. One thing for sure - I'll never get bored, LoL! Unless I more or less choose to, of course.
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But I do build in playing time. If I spend an hour working online, then I can spend 30 minutes playing online. If I wash
and dry a sink full of dishes and put them away, then I can spend 15 minutes playing online. Or, I'll clean the bathroom
(or whatever other room needs it), and follow it with reading a chapter of my current book. It works for me.
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I'm always getting the house or yard work out of the way, so I don't feel guilty on the PC or vice versa.
Looks like a self reward scheme which probably works pretty well.

Do one of the "shoulds" or "gottas" and then there's no guilt about doing some "want tos".
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That's were I am getting behind. lol "Work" for me takes me to a game site, or to StumbleUpon to browse Photoshop stuff, or here (and a 100 threads, I don't need to read), or to some other place with distractions. If I were my boss, I'd have me fired.
Trust me, I totally get it! My side job is to write for a tech/gadget site, so part of my work is to visit 50 or so tech sites to see if there's anything that catches my eye I want to write about, or if there's something I want to see if they'll send me so I can review it. I end up in some of the coolest places.

Luckily, my bosses get that's what happens and cut me a lot of slack. And I don't have an actual schedule, other than at least one affiliate news post per day. The articles I do something like 5-15 per week, depending on what I found and my actual work hours.
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~How do you get stuff done?~

Usually with my hands.

If I feel I can't pull myself away from the pc, I'll pull what I need to do over to my pc Like if I need to sort through things/clothes to wash or hang up the clean clothes. When I got to do things like dishes, I'll bring the lappy into the living room and set it on the couch so I can hear it in the background. Admittedly, I don't always get done what I set out to do. I was supposed to clean out the closet this weekend and it never happened. oops
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Am I alone and in need of some structured help? Or are all the rest of you, doing the opposite of what you plan, too?
No your are not alone and for me it seems to be of late or in the past year a battle to keep up with tasks I need to do, I just seem to juggle about 15 tasks at once and never finish any! or so it seems.

I hate not finishing a task as I always want o complete a job I need to do but it seems easier said than done.

Tasks in the air are...

Medical paper on aligning images
Setup of medical project for A
Setup of medical project for B
60% done on dept area website for new hospital www (not my job but seems I gained it for some reason)
Trying to blog more
Setup of own website as I have domain name for a few years.
Type up guide for WHS2012
Type up of guides for Win8 (have screenshots saved ready to go)
Get set for medical project meeting in Belfast next week.
Post on this forum more....

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No your are not alone and for me it seems to be of late or in the past year a battle to keep up with tasks I need to do, I just seem to juggle about 15 tasks at once and never finish any! or so it seems...(
I know what you mean, Dave. Today, I started at 4:00 a.m., doing my normal housework, (yay! ), cooking meals, doing the washing, etc., etc. Then, going to a medical emergency, (friend had a grand mal seizure); dealing with stoopid clients that can't grasp the concept of, "I don't work on weekends" - so I have to deal with them, too.
Then, the G.F. insists on coming by and bringing enough food to sink a battleship, even though I can't eat, (and decides to be 'frisky' all day, just when I'm totally knackered, <*sigh!*>).
Oh yeah, did I mention, I also have pneumonia, sky-high B.P. and temps as well. ~ Great times for a Saturday, eh.

So now I am trying to get some work contracts sorted on the 'puter, but decided to slack off here, instead, LoL!
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Try to learn time management.
Not enough time. Too busy not getting things completely done.
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Try to learn time management.

Don't have the time in my schedule to add another task to it and one that if you knew what working in the medical field was like then you'd come to appreciate, medicine runs on chaos-time.


In seriousness Time Management is good and I do use MS Project and Outlook to plan tasks, but its an easier said task to juggle multiple jobs when others do not run to your schedule, which is why in the main I do have long lead in/finish times to some jobs, depends on who its for or with... if doctors then add 6 months to completion time, if a Gov project add 1-2yrs.




@Barry, nasty stuff pneumonia and I hope you are feeling better this week?
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(and decides to be 'frisky' all day, just when I'm totally knackered, <*sigh!*>).
Typical, but when you are fit and feeling like a bull, it's "We don't have time", "I just showered/I just put clean sheets on the bed"" , or "Get away, you smell like fish"

Get better, Ghostman.

Oh yeah, I'm working on a drawing right now.
Or was I reading the news? Admin'ing, definitely admin'ing. Yep, the window is there.
I'm working.
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