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LIFO as a bootstrap [Nov. 22nd, 2016|08:44 am]
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LIFO, Last in-first out, is in my impression an "anti-pattern" for personal effectiveness. Get to the requests that came in first, respond to the oldest emails, etc.

I'm not 100% certain of that. I have grown to appreciate that opportunities are constantly making themselves available, and i periodically strike off old to-dos ("punt"), file old emails (email and comment bankruptcy), and in general focus on the present. So, that's what i tried to do this morning to get myself going instead of the "read the whole internet" strategy that i have been employing lately.

I must say, Usenet kept me fixated MUCH LONGER than the internet does today. I suppose the surfeit of choice makes me more picky. Facebook is excluded from my "read the internet," so that removes all sorts of trivia. I do have an extensive list of web comics, but they are optimized -- i have reading lists for each day of the week, and i simply open all the tabs in my bookmarks to have a cascade of amusing reading to do. I've added various local news sources that don't have RSS feeds.

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Oh oh oh my soil tests are in!!

Fairly acid, pH 5.5. Potassium is good, but it seems like there's very little phosphorus. The report is given as an index, and the lawn area reports very very high phosphorus. I don't know if the index is so different because of the difference in planned planting (a grass that doesn't like being over fertilized vs a vegetable garden) or if the previous owners fertilized the fenced in lawn area to death. The area near the lawn, that has been the target of much of our clearing, i specified would be for apples. It took seems to have an extremely low phosphorous rating.

I want to find out if tobacco cropping leaves phosphorus depleted soils. That might hint at the land's history.

ETA Hrm, this 1927 report http://www.ct.gov/caes/lib/caes/documents/publications/tobacco_bulletins/tb_7.pdf says tobacco is not a heavy phosphorus feeder.


[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2016-11-22 02:34 pm (UTC)
This fellow in 1999 advises that the soil there is naturally low-phos and that tobacco and other crops are feeders.

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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-11-22 03:45 pm (UTC)
Well soil science has probably advanced a good deal since 1920 whatever ( it was just the first result).

Looks like i'll need to turn in a good deal of manure in the early spring.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-11-22 06:33 pm (UTC)
I try to do intelligent interrupt handling with new requests: can I get this done in ten minutes and get it off my list, then I can get back to the main projects.
This falls apart dismally because I'm crap at accurately estimating how long things take to finish.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2016-11-24 12:26 pm (UTC)
I tend to put things aside with a, "Oh, i want to spend some time on responding to that." I should learn that

I think it's like not buying something one wants until one has saved specifically for it -- and then spending on all the little things that show up. The difference is that unlike buying something, i can set my own price (of time).

I get the impression you're talking about actually making things and solving problems in the physical space. There too i think i'm finding that many things don't take quite as long as i build them up to in my mind.

Such as installing fire alarms (i think the ones in the house are attached to the alarm system we shut down - -and so don't work?) The toaster oven was left on last night so i need to install those alarms TODAY.
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[User Picture]From: randomdreams
2016-11-24 04:35 pm (UTC)
I fall prey, as people always do, to making time estimates for complex projects that implicitly assume that most of the subtasks involved will progress at their optimal rate. I've seen piles of studies that say we all do that, and those same studies say that if you do estimates that assume every subtask will proceed at its worst possible pace, you'll be much closer to how long things will take. I'm trying to integrate this into my life, so that -- as you say, concrete physical projects -- I undertake don't wipe me out and displace other projects that truly needed to be done but I delayed because I thought I could fix a small problem with a small effort quickly.
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