2010.01.05 07:00 - Stacking

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Riddle Sideways. The comments are by Riddle Sideways.

    Gaya and I meet again.

    Gaya Ethaniel: Hello Riddle :) Happy New Year to you.
    Riddle Sideways: good morning tricksy
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    ["Tricksy" is the little black kitten av on Gaya shoulder.]
    Riddle Sideways: not seen you in long time
    Gaya Ethaniel: mm ... probably a month or so?
    Riddle Sideways: Happy New Year to you
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Riddle Sideways: hope the end of a year/decade has been good to yo
    Riddle Sideways: u
    Gaya Ethaniel: Yes it was wonderful, yours?
    Riddle Sideways: pretty good, can't complain :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: Any new year aspirations?
    Riddle Sideways: a couple that I have already broken :)
    Gaya Ethaniel smiles and listens.
    Riddle Sideways: the place I usually eat lunch had a new dietary menu out. That helps a good bit
    Gaya Ethaniel: Sounds nice :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: I was guessing it was something about coffee, I remember you wanting to have less a while ago.
    Riddle Sideways: but I hurt my lower back and can't go to the gym like I promised self
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah ... sorry to hear that. Hope it's not permanent.
    Riddle Sideways: you have good memory
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: lattes ... I think it was.
    Riddle Sideways: yes, lattes in front of me
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Riddle Sideways: September is when I cut those back
    Gaya Ethaniel: ok
    Riddle Sideways: to every month month month, there is a ...
    Gaya Ethaniel: ?
    Riddle Sideways: but, what about you
    Riddle Sideways: any inspirations
    Riddle Sideways: aspirations
    Riddle Sideways: new targets
    Gaya Ethaniel: I try not to make specific ones ... in a way, it could just set me up for failures. But one is 'keep it simple' inspired by Rashi :)
    Riddle Sideways: yes, KISS
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: I think for now, I want to avoid task or goal specific aspirations ... :)
    Riddle Sideways: will the rest of your life allow that?
    Gaya Ethaniel: I guess I don't want to add more to the current pile so to speak.
    Riddle Sideways: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: I will see how this works out :)
    Riddle Sideways: everybody's In baskets seem to be ready to topple over
    Gaya Ethaniel nods.
    Gaya Ethaniel: It's very easy to start filling it and to get carried away.
    Riddle Sideways: a very popular book "Getting Things Done" has me putting everything into the in-basket
    Riddle Sideways: which quickly became the in-corner
    Riddle Sideways: which became the in-room
    Gaya Ethaniel nods ^^;;;
    Gaya Ethaniel: For me, I just try to get something done when remembered if possible rather than put it onto 'to-do' list. Esepcially small things even though it proves to be an interruption because this seems to have decluttering effects.
    Riddle Sideways: same book says, if you can get it done in 2 minutes then do it
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah
    Riddle Sideways: else deligate, delay or delete
    Gaya Ethaniel nods.
    Gaya Ethaniel: But this doesn't work for you?
    Riddle Sideways: many of the "do such-n-such" when I get to office/home/place happens in the car/shower
    Riddle Sideways: can not do right then
    Gaya Ethaniel nods.
    Gaya Ethaniel: I guess such suggestions need to be adapted to each individual styles & needs.
    Gaya Ethaniel: btw I'm reading a book on Rashi by Elie Weisel.
    Riddle Sideways: really... What is the title?
    Gaya Ethaniel: Rashi :) Let me double check ...
    Gaya Ethaniel: This one -- http://www.amazon.com/Rashi-Jewish-E...2704979&sr=1-1
    Riddle Sideways: [like I need another book in my in-basket]
    Gaya Ethaniel: heheheh
    Riddle Sideways: thanks
    Gaya Ethaniel: It's a very small and short book :)
    Riddle Sideways: The extreme example I guess is sitting mediation and thinking about the need to make a loaf of bread for tomorrows meal
    Gaya Ethaniel: ?
    Riddle Sideways: the way we can move those thoughts along needs to be practiced in everyday life
    Gaya Ethaniel: Well what would you normally do in such a case? Get up and make the bread or drop the idea and continue sitting?
    Riddle Sideways: neither... the idea gets gently parked to the side for later
    Riddle Sideways: promise it that you'll come back to it
    Riddle Sideways: and then really do come back
    Gaya Ethaniel: So you'd also stop sitting?
    Riddle Sideways: no, continue sitting
    Gaya Ethaniel: ah ok
    Riddle Sideways: finish the current then go on (or back)
    Gaya Ethaniel nods.
    Gaya Ethaniel: It is indeed an important practice though I must admit sometimes I may see the need to get up and make the bread ... depends.
    Riddle Sideways: as stated that is the example, but in little daily things we switch back-n-forth
    Riddle Sideways: little tasks like take butter out of freezer
    Riddle Sideways: bigger tasks like new wonderful super computer I just assembled
    Riddle Sideways: that can not run SL yet
    Gaya Ethaniel ponders ... what an interesting topic ... switching back and forth ...
    Riddle Sideways: pushing tasks and interruptions onto out stacks
    Riddle Sideways: pushing the context of where we were onto the stack so we can go to the interruptions
    Riddle Sideways: people's stacks are a little better then computer stacks in that we can pop tasks by priority
    Riddle Sideways: well, maybe
    Gaya Ethaniel: In a sense though ... these categorising, reviewing tasks add to the pile?
    Riddle Sideways: yes
    Gaya Ethaniel: I think I largely let go of such rules ... and also feel less interrupted by 'interruptions'.
    Gaya Ethaniel: This way I feel less drained when switching back-n-forth. Of course top priority tasks, I try to be firm about not interrupting :)
    Riddle Sideways: very good technique
    Gaya Ethaniel giggles ... top priority tasks could be most obsorbing, creating no internal interruptions in an ideal world ... ^^;;;
    Riddle Sideways appauds Gaya on something I can not get to very often
    Gaya Ethaniel: Don't :) I'm feeling pretty scattered after the break today ... hard to do the initial push with priorities ...
    Gaya Ethaniel: I will just do my best ... get done as much as possible ...
    Gaya Ethaniel nods.
    Gaya Ethaniel: I wanted to ask you actually what you think of Rashi. I am assuming you know his comments very well?
    Gaya Ethaniel: I can imagine :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: One of the comments from the book on Rashi was that his ability to teach shines through his students, their quality and numbers. I think this is a common feature with great teachers.
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: [I meant numbers as in numbers of students who became great teachers themselves.]
    Gaya Ethaniel laughs!
    Gaya Ethaniel: Guess you and I won't be nominated for such an award.
    Gaya Ethaniel: You have [I had] a disavantage of less popular time after all.
    Gaya Ethaniel: That's true :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: heheheh
    Gaya Ethaniel: I am definitely an invisible student for most sessions :)
    Gaya Ethaniel tries to read logs most of the time.
    Gaya Ethaniel: :)
    Gaya Ethaniel: ok ... I feel RL tugging :) nice seeing you again Riddle, have a good day!
    Gaya Ethaniel waves :)
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