(I’ve been tinkering on this post all weekend, and I wanted to get it out of the door before it’s next week. Here goes!)
I always forget, and there’s no good reason for this, how difficult it is to establish new routines and new habits. Two weeks ago, I moved for the second time this year. this week I started a new job and even though I have more free time than I did before, I’m still coming up at loose ends and I find myself wondering why I have a hard time concentrating and getting into “the grove.” There’s so much to do, so many tasks collecting dust on my todo list, and I’m only half keeping ahead of everything.
I have two things to report that I missed on the last update: I have new full-text feeds for posts about org-mode and emacs. Hopefully these will get included in relevant planets soon for your reading pleasure.
There’s also been some :discussion on the “Bad Org Mode Habits” post. You may be interested.
As an aside: the astute among you will notice that Matt Lundin and I have made a folk page that is automatically updated anytime there’s a page that links to or is tagged with Matt’s handle (i.e. “madalu.”) This includes an RSS feed that he (or you) can use to track his updates and mentions. Use the edit page functionality to see how to make such a page for your own notification purposes.
Everything else on my list is pretty boring. I’m, slowly trying to follow my own advice in bad org mode habits.
The organization I was using for my lists and notes worked really well when I was commuting all of the time and working off of laptops on the go. Among other limitations, I think I basically had to give up any sort of really complex project. Now that I have more time, I can tend to more gnarly projects that I’ve wanted to tinker with that I just haven’t had the time for. Without a train ride and “home time” to define my free time for fiction writing and other projects, it’s been hard to adjust.
It has also been hard for me to get a real sense of how my free time remains limited (because that’s the nature of free time,) even if there’s a lot more of it to go around. Adjustment is always hard and changes, particularly big changes, have a ripple effect. Things I’ve been doing differently include:
That’s all the news that’s fit to print!