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Toxic Productivity

Hi Rose & Scotty, I've been thinking about what some people call toxic productivity. Recently, I got frustrated with my system and workflow again and did a complete productivity system detox. I started a rebuild from the ground up, only adding components I really needed. So far so good. I have a long history of fidgeting with my system, app-hopping, probably wasting time, etc. No system is perfect and at some point you simply have to decide: this is it, no more fiddling, accept what is and get on with it. So, at what point is that? What is the optimal point along that productivity spectrum that spans from no system at all on the one side and toxic productivity on the other side? Thanks for considering!! Peter

Time Planning tagging system

Hi Rose & Scotty, Using OmniFocus, my GTD practice is pretty by-the-book: projects for anything that requires more than two steps, reasonably traditional GTD contexts, etc. Over the last couple of years, however, I have been playing with time planning tags to overlay my more traditional GTD system. I'm not talking about time blocking but more specifically organizing your tasks by Today, This Week (broken down by days of the week), Next Week, This Month, Next Month, etc. I have seen many people set this up (Colter Reed, for example. but whenever I do, it just ends up being more work than it is worth and then I just ditch it. Where I run into difficulties is that I am constantly updating tags. For example, if I tag a task with @Home, it usually stays @Home, but if I also tag that task with @Monday or @This Month, it is additional work and maintenance to update those tags when the task doesn't happen on Monday or This Month. Yet the concept continues to appeal to me. I'm wondering what your thoughts are on organizing tasks in this manner? Thanks for the great podcast. Always enjoy the topics and discussion! Peter

spontaneous focus

First, thank you both so much for the wonderful podcast! I have several health issues, including ADHD, and I can't predict my energy and focus levels. I try to work around it by having several options available, but it makes it particularly difficult to do deep work since there's always something easier to do. What advice would you have for choosing to do deep, focused things when I can't plan ahead for them? Thank you so much, Judica

How about an "analogue diet"?

Hello Nested Folders Nestlers (or how shall I call you two?)- Thank you for this great podcast! I use GTD for my private and work life and, after some nervous breakdowns related to Todo software not working as I like, have turned to use a fully analogue system for my task lists and project list. I want to do this at least for a little while to stop fiddling with apps and concentrate on "doing" (wow, what a concept ;-) ). I was wondering if you two could entertain the thought to go fully analogue for a while, too? Do you think this is helpful to increase ones focus? Thank you and cheers, all the best, and stay safe! -Sebastian (Neuss, Germany)

Moving from autonomous/IC to management

I used to have a very autonomous individual contributor dev/dev advocate role and a few months ago moved to management. The switch has proved extremely overwhelming as the nature of the job is now radically different, even though I'm managing the team I used to be on. There are many more meetings, many more admin tasks, and a lot more overall chaos in my schedule. Do you have any advice on how to adapt systems for this kind of change? I'm not sure if Rose has ever made this change, but I know she's also gone between "indie" and "jobby job," which seems similar to experiences Scotty may have had moving to management. Thanks!