So, I have an admission to make.
I have not been very productive at work lately.
In fact, I have largely been the opposite of productive.
The problem? Distraction and procrastination.
So, I'm attempting to fix the problem (before it gets worse, or becomes a for real problem).
Oddly ironic, though, that I'm blogging this, and spent more than a small amount of time looking on the internet - lifehacker mostly - for productivity tips and such.
So, I'm still developing a strategy, but I have some ideas. I'm now going to link-dump. Maybe you'll see something interesting to you, but mostly, this is for me, so I can refer back to these links.
I feel compelled to mention that this is not a clever trick by my subconscious, to procrastinate about work by blogging about procrastinating about work.... Also, I know that's a ton of links for stuff, and I'm not trying to give myself an unworkable anti-procrastination solution. Really I'm going for the spaghetti approach, where I look through all of those things, and try some of them to see what works.
I know what by biggest distractions are - my google feed reader, and D&D 4e forums. And wikipedia. My plan with those things is mostly to limit my time on them. I can, unfortunately, spend the whole day wasting time with those things. So, on top of reducing distractions, I also need plans for being better organized and more proactive... time management.
I noted my time-suckers. So that's the "less of", now a little "more of"
I need to do better about:
Cleaning out and keeping track of/organized with email.
Cleaning my desk and office area. It looks like a file cabinet hit a server rack at 200 miles per hour.
Using tools that I already have available to me to better keep track of projects, small and large.