This is the final report about my temporal stop starting new projects. (update #1, update #2).
Before digging into details, one thing is clear: I did not manage to finish all the tasks / projects in all the weird places I put them. Although this was my intention, the progress I made gave me a much better overview over where my energy goes. I think stopping taking on new projects from time to time could be a great exercise for mental health and focus.
Here is the final amount of stuff-to-do:
- 26 tasks and projects in todo.txt => 13.
- Most of the items in this file are notes from learning new technologies or information for running projects. I consider this to be OK because I learn whenever I can, in between the more important main projects. I see this file now more as a work directy, not as tasks that have to be finished right away.
- 25 tasks and projects in an OneNote page regarding my main project => 0.
- I managed to move everything into the infrastructure of this project and away from this “only-me-place”.
- 1 OneNote page that was originally designed to be a tracking list for my projects => Gone!
- 16 projects in an OneNote page for one of the teams I’m supporting => Gone!
- Well, lucky me. My participation in the team ended a couple of days ago.
- 1 Android-Phone-Project: No progress here yet => Gone!
- I realized that the effort for this is simply too much in resepct to just buying a new device.
- 17 tasks and projects in a list in my phone: Gone!
- 30 tasks and projects in my main project list in my organizer => 22 left.
- Clean desk => Roughly 50% of “stuff” on my desk has been processed, the rest is mainly reference.
I wrote before: This was a great (meta-) project because it slowed me down quite a lot, which is great for a limited amount of time. As life goes, two huge project opportunities (and some minor ones) presented themselves some weeks ago. I just couldn’t say “no” to those. :)