A walk to the library from my home takes around 30 minutes. It’s 3-5 degrees this November 8th of 2018 and, although not the chilliest of days, it certainly wasn’t the most enjoyable walks in the cold. Walking back soon after also sucked.
Removing Myself From Distractions
I went to the library with the intention of working peacefully and without distractions. The past two days of interruptions have annoyed me, so I made the decision to remove myself out of its reaches. The library is my “other home” for quiet time to do my work. I walked over there while listening to Tim Ferriss and Seth Godin chat about a few lessons they learned during their adventures into their respective businesses. It’s a great podcast. Worth the listen if you’re interested in what Seth Godin has to share.
I began working once I arrived at the library. It was a productive two hours. Unfortunately, it was only two hours. Near the end of the session, my laptop indicated it had low battery. I reached into my backpack and, to my dismay, realized I forgot my laptop charger at home. Damn it!
… At least I got a good walking session out of this slight inconvenience.
What Went Wrong?
I was rushing to leave my house. While I was packing my bag, I got pulled away to help my father make a taco. I became a little edgey because I had plans to leave for the library, so I must’ve rushed backpacking without double checking if I had anything.
What Can I Do to Avoid Making the Same Mistake Again?
Some time ago, I was reading Atul Gawande’s book called The Checklist Manifesto. He talked about how surgeons and pilots always followed a checklist, and for good reason: important steps might get skip. They may be tedious and easy to forget.
It’s easy for me to forget things (trust me, I have a track history of losing my umbrellas, scarves, and even watches). So I made a checklist on my phone to follow:
This checklist should include everything I need. It also has optional items if I’m working for longer hours (the laptops stand helps combat my slouching posture).
Now all I have to do is make sure I pop open my checklist whenever I head out. In other words, I need to make it a habit to check my phone checklists whenever I do something.
I should also make checklists for other things that I do frequently so I don’t forget stuff. For example, my morning and evening routines, workout sessions, and day-to-day work.