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27. A Different Way of Getting Things Done

In the last tip I talked a bit about psychological type in relation to how we get things done, using 'The List' as an example of a tool beloved by some 'judging' types. This week I'm going to look at the other end of the spectrum, the 'perceiving' type. These people have a very different relationship to tasks, and the differences between judgers and perceivers, if they don't understand each other, can cause all manner of problems, both at work and at home. "Judgers, once they know what's scheduled, know how much free time they have. For Perceivers, it's all 'free' " From Type Talk by Otto Kreuger and Janet Thuesen I once over-heard a conversation between my younger daughter and my ste

26. The To-Do List - Friend or Foe?

Is one of your self-organising tools The List? If so, is it the friend you think it is, who acts like a second brain and gently nudges you through the day? Or is it less of a friend and more of a tyrant? This week's tip will explore. I used to be an avid list-maker. Anything that I needed to do, I put it on a list. While I was doing those things, other must-dos would pop into my mind, so I would reach for my list and add them. If my list wasn't to hand, I would find another piece of paper and jot it down there, planning to transfer it to the Master List later on. Every time I completed an item I would take great pleasure in ticking it off. 'Well done, Anita', a voice seemed to say, ' you