Tim Daulby


What I'm doing now

(This is a now page, and if you have your own site, you should make one, too.)

Updated 29th March 2024 quickly before heading to Mum and Dad's.

Focus

I've always been a bit of a jack of all trades master of none. But operating in too many capacities is stealing clear headspace from the things that matter.

I wanted to improve this, so I listed each role/skillset on paper, e.g. preacher; project manager; missiologist; etc... Then I asked myself, "what are the things on this list that really matter". And I settled on a top 6:

It has given me a list I can apply my focus to. Happily, a list that reflects the 2024 goals I've already set (found below). A list that could alter my work patterns if I honour it.

Slow Carb Diet

To accomplish my goal of becoming a better squash player, I need to lose weight. I'm using the slow-carb diet because it's simple and has a cheat day each week. It only has five rules:

  1. Avoid "white" starchy carbohydrates (or those that can be white). This means no bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, or grains.
  2. Eat the same few meals over and over again, especially for breakfast and lunch. You already do this; you're just picking new default meals.
  3. Don't drink calories. Exception: 1-2 glasses of dry red wine per night is allowed.
  4. Don't eat fruit.
  5. Take one day off per week and go nuts. Saturday is recommended, often nicknamed "Faturday" by followers.

Content I'm listening to

I'm really enjoying Cal Newport's theories that he's terming "slow productivity" in his recent book. But I haven't bought the book, I've just listened to several podcasts:

As well as listening to plenty of episodes of Cal's own podcast.
Slow productivity has three key principles:

  1. Focus on fewer things
  2. Work at a natural pace
  3. Obsess over quality

A key thought it has raised is that we are more likely to produce something truly great over a period of years or months if we stop getting so worried about producing something, anything every day, every week for the sake of fending off productivity-guilt. Being "busy" is not a good indicator of being "productive" when it comes to knowledge work. Personally I'm afraid of being lazy, and I'm afraid being seen to be lazy. If I "work at a natural pace" but really deeply to produce something excellent, that might involve accomplishing nothing but, say, a long thoughtful walk on a given day. That would appear lazy but would actually be productive. If I respond to everyone's emails, tick off a dozen tasks and impress a few people that would not be lazy, but would it truly be productive? Cal's thoughts raise some great questions for me. I'll let you know if I buy the book.

Goals for 2024

I've already decluttered my desk drawers - win.