Thursday, 2 February 2012

Setting a set amount of time for each task trial

Today I decided to try making a set list of tasks and times to do them for the day. I didn't think it would make me any more productive than usual, but I have seen it suggested in a lot of places. So thought I should at least give it a try.

I can't say that it made me any more productive than usual, but possibly it did. Most of the tasks took longer than I had anticipated. I didn't over-run the time limit I had set, but rather left them unfinished and took a break / went on to the next task.

I will try the same thing again tomorrow, and since I didn't finish most of the tasks, tomorrow's list looks much like today's. I think that doing different tasks throughout the day rather than doing one single task for a long time until you finish it helps to alleviate boredom somewhat.

I used a kitchen timer for timing each task. I think the loud ticking sound does help to keep you concentrating on the task at hand, rather than letting your mind wander. But when you are trying to think, the sound can be distracting.

In the evening I watched an episode of Star Trek Enterprise with Mauser and Bo. Then I tried setting up Blog Content Buddy (yes, that's an affiliate link) on one of my domains.

It took me ages just to get the wordpress site active. The problem was that when I tried to login, it would just return me to the login screen. Eventually I found the problem was that the new blog domain name needed adding to a domain mapping table in the wordpress database.

On the front page of the Blog Content Buddy website it says:

  • Got a few WordPress blogs or domain names that you've been neglecting?
  • Our plug-in posts well optimized, highly-unique content (not the usual garbage) to your blogs.
  • Search engines love our unique content - which includes your affiliate links that turn clicks into cash!

But when I had signed up to the system, I got through to their training, which indicates that you actually need to write quite a few blog posts and do quite a bit of work yourself. So it's not actually something you can just quickly throw up on a spare domain you have.

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