In this blog post, I’m to do a deep dive into the specific steps and tools that
I used to achieve this new mindfulness. If you haven’t read my first blog post
about Getting Things Done, you should take a look. I’m not recommending
the tools here in any capacity other than from my own personal viewpoint: I’m
not getting paid to promote these. I still recommend reading Getting Things
Done by David Allen to understand the theory and reasoning for why to use
particular tools, and adapt for your own circumstances.
It was a packed day: all meetings that required my attendance. The only breaks
were for breakfast and lunch and a lone 30-minute break between other meetings.
I had to meet with my remote manager, my new product manager, one of my team
members, and customer liaisons for a new customer we were hoping to work with.
On top of that, it was Agile sprint planning day — I had to run the task
planning meeting and moderate two design discussion meetings. In between all
that, I needed to write up my top accomplishments to my manager for performance
review. The previous night, I realized that one of my mentoring meetings
tomorrow didn’t have enough time to actually accomplish my mentee’s goals. All
the while, a wave of emails and pings were crashing in. How was I going to get
this all done?