64: Pages and Pages of Anger

by Max Leibman


We now join our episode synopsis, already in progress!

Picking up where they left off last week, the Priority team discusses work in process. What do you do with your unfinished projects? The spectrum of management strategies runs the gamut from the Gantt chart to the stack of papers on your desk, and our hosts have explored all points in between. 

Caitie shares a cautionary tale about a treasure trove of half-formed ideas she once lost, and comes to the vaguely Buddhist conclusion that—important or not—unfinished work is fragile and impermanent. Max shares strategies he has seen work (including ones he candidly admits he doesn’t implement well).  

Ultimately, we learn to minimize work in process when we can, contain and secure it when we can’t, and to never, ever, include the word “Final” in a file name. 

Links: 

Priority Episode No. 63: "Just Like Grandpappy Did" | Previous Episode

Priority Episode No. 22: "Weird Summer Housewife Magazine Person" | Previous Episode

Commonplace Book | Wikipedia

Morgue File | Wikipedia

Priority Episode No. 2: "[verb] the One You're With" | Previous Episode

Re-Imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age by Tom Peters | Amazon

Bullet Journal: The Analog System for the Digital Age | BulletJournal.com

"Erin Condren Life Planner Review" by Courtney Mirenzi | Road Darling

Alex Lindsay | Wikipedia

"Two is One and One is None: The Art of Redundancy" by Brian Meyer | Survival Based

"A Diary Study of Task Switching and Interruptions" by Czerwinski, Horvitz, and Wilhite | CHI '04

Working Memory | Wikipedia

"Hemingway's Secret to Maintaining Productive Momentum" by Drake Baer | Fast Company

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen | Amazon

"Choice 3: Schedule the Big Rocks, Don't Sort Gravel" by John Vakidis | FranklinCovey Texas/Oklahoma

Work in Process | Wikipedia