It’s worse than that. I’m just really tired — I’ve spread myself too thin in too many different directions. A new kid on the way is staring me in the face, too. So is my email. Everytime I sit down to do an email two more come in. It’s really amazing. The other day I answered a ton of email on the plane (I’m far more productive on the plane, no Twitter is there to interrupt me) and when I reconnected about 1.5x as many as I answered came back! Hint: the answer to email overload is not to answer any email. Yikes.
I wouldn’t say I have quite the same challenges in the same proportions as Scoble does but I do know how he feels. The last few weeks and months have been a bit nutty. I have a number of projects in various stages of development in addition to my determination to blog more often (at least enough to keep my blogs ticking over) and I haven’t exactly been in control at all times. I took the day off on Friday to relax a bit and I think it was a really good idea. My laptop was off until that evening and that felt pretty good too.
I printed out and read three manifestos from Change This including Seth Godin’s manifesto based on his new book, The Dip, and Tim Ferriss’ manifesto titled “The Low-Information Diet: How to Eliminate E-Mail Overload and Triple Productivity in 24 Hours“. I see Scoble mentioned Tim Ferriss in his post. I really enjoyed both of these manifestos (I won’t name the third – I really didn’t think it was very good) and both gave me good thought food. Ferriss’ manifesto in particular has a number of good tips on how to manage email flows and I look forward to implementing some of them (although I don’t think I will ever get to a point where I only check email once a week).
One important thing I realised was that if you are going to take a break from work you really should take at least a day off at some point and take the whole day off. I have been working virtually every day on something and while I haven’t been working 24/7, each day involved work of some kind and the gaps in between don’t add up to a real break.
Anyway, I have had my breather and I am ready to jump back in now …