Today’s episode is another Q&A episode! You get 3 audio questions and a bonus ‘regular’ one.
Q1: What do you do with info that you know you might need later . . . but don’t know when?
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of keeping big reference files. I’m very grateful for incredibly effective email search engines for just this kind of thing! Sometimes I will even send myself an email in gmail just to have the info in an easily findable place.
If it’s more of a key contact, then saving on your phone with a good descriptor can be helpful. And if it’s something you really don’t want to forget, then perhaps it deserves a place on a “Someday/Maybe” list of sorts. I have one in Apple Notes!
Q2: How do you balance the Urgent vs Important when it comes to getting research done?
Can’t claim to be amazing at this myself, but the strategies that help me are specifically blocking off time (“Deep Work” time, to use Cal Newport’s term), and creating artificial deadlines (or real ones!) to add some urgency.
An artificial deadline = a meeting with a colleague to review a draft.
A real self-imposed deadline = knowing you want to submit an abstract to a certain conference.
Being really clear about your goals to publish or share your work can help bring this work into the Important and Urgent sector.
Q3: Any advice for planner shopping online when it’s so hard to see things in store, especially during the pandemic and especially with harder-to-find specialty brands?
Yep – YOUTUBE. I use Youtube almost exclusively for watching planner reviews (um . . . don’t judge). My go-to channel is Amanda’s Favorites.
The other possibility is to order off-season at deeply discounted prices so you can play with a product. I got my current EC weekly for under $20 since it was 3.5 months into the year already! But there are still many months to go, and I’d be kidding myself if I didn’t expect to want something new for the beginning of 2022 anyway. (Or before then. Lol.)
Remember, you can leave your own audio question – I’d love to hear more voices (including male voices . . . come on guys, I know there are at least a few of you listening). Just click the Speakpipe link below!
I did it, you guys.
I posted to Insta that I would be absent for a bit and let everyone know where else to find me (in case they were directed to Insta through another source). Laura is going to take over the BOBW for now, and I am going to keep that godforsaken app off my phone for . . . well, let’s say at least until Q4.
Maybe until 2022.
I will allow myself to look at Insta on the computer at prescheduled times (literally only if I have written it down in my planner and scheduled ahead of times!) so I can stay up to date with the planner world, primarily for BLP. This week, I have scheduled myself 30 minutes for Friday night while kids are watching a movie. That’s it for the week.
Honestly, I’m excited. This is by far the most addictive thing on my phone (and I will not be seeking a substitute). I have zero regrets about ditching FB entirely in January 2016 so we will see what happens with IG over the long term. Does it give me more than it takes away?! Time to find out.