Kitchen Catastrophe Went Smooth With To-do

Shelf © Erik Back 2012

What do you want most of all after a long day at work? I think most people would like to get something to eat and get their feet up.

Apparently one of our shelves in the kitchen had other plans, so it decided to jump of the wall and thrust its residing jars all over the kitchen floor.

The jars were shocked and popped open as soon as they hit the floor. In seconds the floor was covered with almonds, seeds, beans and pieces of glass.

No one got hurt except from the dishwasher that got a couple of bruises and some bent ribs; the door was hit and is now crooked. Furthermore, the dishwasher was filled by the contents of the jars.

I cleaned up the mess and took pictures for the insurance company. Then I made my to-do list of the tasks that followed the incident.

Usually an episode like this would stress me, but now I feel calm and I have a good sense of perspective. Everything I have to do is on the to-do list and the tasks are small and easy to do.

On Top of Catastrophes

Small accidents will always happen in my life, and they will be much more frequent when our son is born in September.

The trick is to stay on top of the accidents and catastrophes and turn them into insignificant incidents that will happen eventually.

I have learned that I can do that by simplifying my life and work on my productivity habits.

Keep a Sense of Perspective With ZTD

Nice path © Erik Back 2011

I have started to implement ZTD to become more productive. Being productive has some advantages: Less stress, peace of mind and it keeps me motivated.

ZTD is short for Zen To Done and it is a simplification of the GTD concept (Getting Things Done). ZTD is a work and life management system based on habits.

Day 2 with ZTD

Habits take time to make and I have decided to spend one month on each of the 10 steps in ZTD.

I have set up my iPhone to handle my captures and at the end of the day I transfer my captures to a to-do list. I use the simple Notes app for iPhone and the All-Done app.

I like to keep things simple and I immediately felt the effect of this exercise. While transferring my notes I could see a simple to-do list form in groups, each with a sub-list of to-dos.

All-Done neatly organised my to-dos and I got an instant sense of perspective. I felt motivated and wanted to start doing some of the tasks right away.

Today I have more peace of mind.