by David LeMieux
I am trying to do homework but its not going very well. Its not that I don't enjoy homework, in fact I like the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing assignments. The problem I have is getting started and then staying focuses. There are so many other things going on in my head. I need to relearn how to focus and have mental endurance. (There is another work that is a lot like endurance that works better here but it escapes me.) Oh well, the semseter is nearly over.
What is wierd is that in contrast when I work on "work" or personal projects I seldom ever have this problem, unless the project is not one of my choosing or is for a difficult client. Otherwise I get things done really fast and effectively. It is totally a mental problem that I need to overcome.
Actually, I blame "Getting Things Done." Its a book (or school of though) about how to better organize your life. One of the suggestions is that you need to have a place you turn to often, be it a calendar, the computer or what-have-you, on which you can write down your thoughts and tasks. This help you to keep your mind open to the task at hand. I read the book and decided to give it a try. It worked great. After a while, however, my mind had become accustomed to only having to remember things for the short term. Unfortunately I stopped writing things down and now I find myself at a greater loss, my mind may be more able to focus but now I have no idea what I am supposed to be doing. It is my own fault, really, but I almost wish I could go back and tell myself to NOT try the GTD method. Maybe I am just going crazy.