My new time management trick: pretend I'm already an expert at choosing what to do. That I always know the optimum way to spend time; and I'm always doing exactly that until inventing the next optimal task. I appreciate the positive-feedback, self-reinforcing-illusion loop:
- The better I do it, the more I believe in it.
- The more I believe it, the better I do at it.
This is now the leading candidate for displacing the time management strategy I've been using for decades:
- Berate myself for wasting time until I work harder (at something blameless)
- Blame others for distractions and for not helping, or for helping poorly, at least until they leave me alone (this works eventually)
- Avoid and agonize over unfun undones, then do them with inner melodrama, then seek sympathies and distractions as if deserving them