I must confess that I stopped using the Context-Focus system for a week or two. I just wanted to work on my latest project in my free time, so I stopped doing everything else in my Sooner Or Later list.
It wasn’t long before I started to experience that familiar feeling of stress and anxiety building. This time, though, I recognized that it was due to the list of unfinished tasks that I wasn’t taking the time to handle.
Eventually, it got to the point where it was uncomfortable enough that I turned to Sooner Or Later to see if I could get things back under control.
I spent about 10 minutes in the morning going through the things I wanted to accomplish during the day and moving or adding them to my Soon list. I was somewhat optimistic about what I could get done, since I knew it would be so easy to change my mind and move something to Later. Then, I put the first item or two into focus and got busy.
The results were nothing short of amazing!
I immediately felt like I was back in control. It was so effortless to stay focused and not have that feeling of being randomized, even while being interrupted and changing contexts from location to location all day long. When I had a chance to do something productive, I could just glance at my Live Tile and pick up right where I left off.
I didn’t finish everything in my list by the end of the day, but I sure felt satisfied about what I had accomplished!
I knew I had worked on everything in priority order and spent my time wisely, all while still having a pleasant and relaxing day–even listening to a live blues competition with my laptop tethered to my Windows phone! (Yes, geeky, I know, but it’s what I do for fun. 🙂
I had none of the troubling feelings that I was forgetting something important that I should be doing instead, I didn’t fall prey to the productivity-killer of starting a lot of tasks and leaving them unfinished, and I spent very little time in overhead managing my tasks.
So, I’m still a believer in Sooner Or Later and the Context-Focus system!