Andy Orin interview with Jason Fried, for Lifehacker’s “This Is How I Work” series:
What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
I don’t track to-dos. I have a small handful of things I know I
need to do every day. If I can’t keep them in my head, I have too
many things to do. Every day is a blank slate for what I need to
do. If something I was supposed to get done yesterday didn’t get
done yesterday, it’s not automatically on my mind for today.
Today’s mind is a clear mind, not yesterday’s remnants.
That wouldn’t work for me — I literally need to write down the stuff I want to do every day, or I’ll forget something — but I love the mindset.
This is good advice too:
I’m a one-computer guy — a 12-inch MacBook, so I can work from
anywhere. Years ago I used multiple monitors and had multiple
computers. Then I jettisoned multiple computers but kept the
multiple monitor setup. And a few years ago I tossed out the
second monitor and have been a single computer, single screen
person since then. I go full screen on nearly every app. I also
hide my dock. I don’t want anything pulling my attention away.
When I’m curious I’ll look. Otherwise, I’m looking at what I want,
not what someone else might want me to see.
I can’t stress this enough — protect your attention like you
protect your friends, family, money, etc. It’s among the most
valuable things you have.
★ Wednesday, 28 December 2016