Stuff. My son-in-law is from Poland and he commented on American’s use of the word stuff. We use this word in so many ways to refer, well, to all sorts of stuff. Yet we know what we’re talking about. He said it was one of the hardest words to understand the meaning.
I think about stuff all the time. The stuff I need to get done is always at the forefront. I have read all sorts of books about time/task management and I’m always drawn back to two books – Getting Things Done: The ABC’s of Time Management by Edwin C. Bliss and Getting Things Done by David Allen. Both authors encourage us to write stuff down. Yet it is never enough to just write it all down. Mr. Bliss recommends ending every workday by doing the following three things:
- Tidy up. He says never sentence yourself to start the next day with ultimate downer, a messy desk.
- Evaluate your day. He suggests asking the following types of questions:
- Was I proactive or reactive?
- Did I establish a major goal for the day and did I reach it?
- If I could live this day over, what would I do differently?
- Plan the next day’s activities.
I hope that everyone has a very wonderful Labor Day weekend. Take what you like and leave the rest.