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Good Comment: "Urgency"

Phaed commented on "Those Easy Days With Nothing Due…" - it was a good comment, so I thought it deserved its own post:


I had a similar day today to yours yesterday. I did still manage to get a few extraneous things done. But, as a distraction came up, I asked it are you more urgent than the other tasks on my list. Mostly, the answer was no. But a few times, the answer was yes.

Now, sometimes a short, unimportant task can be more urgent than a long, important task, because clearing yourself of it unburdens you, so is sometimes good to do immediately. But you will balance all of these things against the urgency of your top priority task.

This means, on a busy day, aka a day with many urgent important tasks, your “filler,” do it right now tasks have to be equally urgent and important. On a less busy day, not only are your main tasks less important, but the filter for which “filler” tasks you let in lowers as well.


On Sweet Impermanence

I promise that I would post at least twice here. So, I put alarms to remember.

On saturday I finished my paper draft. It is my first 1st author paper. And is in english, which is not my mother language. So, this things make the writing process more painful. I feel alone, I feel lack of confidence.

But at the same time, I'm creating the habit of writing everyday. Since december I'm doing it step by step. I've started with 10 minutes of free writing. just to get used to write everyday, setting a time to do it and pay attention and energy on that.

I sent the paper to my boss. She sent me back on Sun. I read it. MIxed feelings flourished. She did good comments about it, but as every paper review, when you get through the comments, they are so many that you can't understand why the reviewers are so positive in the general comments! :)

I'm learning how to deal with the comments. I remember my first paper and first reviewed texts. I was very upset, and I was identifying myself with the comments. It's a process as well be open to what people are saying. And disconnect the text from me... the text are not part of myself.

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