In the past, I’ve had issues with my productivity because of the formula above — when I had time allocated, I had a hard time focusing. Or when I could focus, I simply didn’t have the time. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that the biggest difficulty I have is freeing up time for the things in life I’d like to accomplish. Now that I have come to terms with the limits on my time, it makes me a little more careful about my focus.
Applying it to Real Life™
The trick has been to stay on-task. It used to be that in the workshop, I’d dick around with playlists for the stereo, or follow my curiosity, or what have you. The end result was that I only managed to make positive use out of ~50% of my time. So I’ve taken to scribbling notes on the side when something “curious” pops into my head.
The other part is, as a one-man shop, I need to be on-the-spot with my process and my fabrication. Nothing chews up time faster than fixing a stupid mistake that happened due to inattentiveness.
Keep doing what I’ve been doing since last Thursday — claiming time where I can, and staying focused on what I have to do to accomplish my goals.