I've done a few things recently that have greatly reduced the perceived strain on my little brain during the work day:
- I rarely run instant messaging clients anymore. Just as I realized after giving up television, this is something that was far more distracting and I first realized.
- Change mailing list subscriptions. We have an internal news server (news as in NNTP or Usenet) at Yahoo that gets a subset of our high-volume internal mailing lists. I changed my subscription preferences so that I get them as a daily digest that'll still be searchable locally. As for actively reading them, I do that once or twice a day with Thunderbird. This resulted in a lot less context switching too.
- Wake up at the same time every day. Not having to change my alarm clock setting means not worrying as much about what's going on tomorrow. It's a stupid but simple trick that really does help.
Have you tried cutting stuff from your daily work routine recently? Did it help?
Posted by jzawodn at February 13, 2006 05:44 PM