This weekend saw the intense drama of a family move. My wife, my infant daugher, and I loaded our lives into a 26-foot truck and brought it 5 miles down the road to the first home we’ve ever owned. I’ve moved a few times in a few different ways, but I can say now that the effort required of a move has little to do with the distance you’re moving.
All this to describe a shortcoming of mine – productivity during high-activity or high-stress events. All of the systems that make my daily life fall into place (mostly to overcome ADHD and the procrastination and disorganization that follow so closely) get temporarily abandoned when things just get too busy. My ratty moving clothes didn’t have a place for my HPDA, I didn’t have any furniture to home my inbox, there were plenty of people hanging around to tell me what to do, et al. As a result of this, I’ve been back to the old house twice to pick up random things we need to carry out our every days lives, and I still have no belts to wear. Of course, I’m back in synch now – but there’s got to be a better way to deal with the firehose-effect that comes with these sorts of situations. I’m open to suggestions of course.
In other news, Merlin Mann (of 43 Folders) has made public a wiki that is sure to bring more people, more ideas, and more momentum to the cause of the entire world’s ability to get things done more efficiently. His introduction:
Be sure to check it out, and if you can contribute meaningfully, DO IT!