January 2nd, 2010

don with coffee

Weird RL-type question

Do any of you have recommendations, books or whatever, for someone who isn't good at setting and sticking to a schedule? It's not just that I procrastinate (although I surely do that, as well) but that 1) I am a task-oriented person, which inhibits me from using my time in small chunks because I hate to work on a project but not at least finish whatever step I'm on; 2) I'm not good at multi-tasking, at keeping a lot of important tasks in my head, and lists/calendars (which I do use) only help a little bit; and 3) I don't have any way of setting up a proper filing system at the moment (I'm working on that, having been promised office space in this house when we moved in).

Seriously though. Anything? Not just about organizing, but about, like, retraining one's brain? I don't even know what I'm looking for, I'm just quite sick of the constant (and usually correct) feeling that I've forgotten to do something important.

BTW, I'm not remotely ADHD; I'm kind of the opposite. It's not that I can't focus, it's that I focus too hard on whatever I'm doing at the time, to the complete detriment of whatever else I'm supposed to be juggling. Give me a single task, or a series of closely related ones, and I get wickedly productive. *shrug*