I'm eager for your input. Thanks!
If you're going to invoke "Kanban" i'm going to invoke Lean Thinking
and Six Sigma ;o)
Personal opinion follows and i'm no authority.
"I multitask. And when I multitask, I tend to divide my attention,
wander through projects, look up something on the Internet, etc etc
You've identified that you don't multitask, you distract yourself.
Solution: manufacture a methodology by which you cannot distract
there is only one piece of paper on your desk.
However, you currently appear to have a system that means as soon as
you raise your eyeline 3 inches you will see a mass of work.
The other work you have around you should be available, but not seen.
By having it visible, it will trigger you to think about it, beg you to
work on it.
If this is how you wish to work things, so be it, i would contend
though that your system should encourage you to think about something
when it is most advantageous to do so.
Avoid the mental rabbit warrens.
Your system seems to decrease one of my key goals in "GTD", Velocity.
Do one thing at a time, but do that -very- fast.
Remove all waste activities around your execution of that task.
You've found that yourself, turn off the monitor - narrow the pipeline,
focus your mental push on one thing and fly it through that pipe. Your
piles of paper will probably become your new "monitor" that you have to
"In practice, I actually like having my projects in front of me.
There's something tangible about it that's extremely helpful."
Ask yourself the "5 Whys" as to what possible benefit there is to
having a lot of projects on your desk that -you can do nothing about
right now-. (unless you wish to distract yourself from the task that
you were doing.
And "Hi" to everyone, first post here.
First of all if you only want to see the windows of one application it
is possible to option+cmd click on its dock icon. This will hide all
I know this isn't the same as fullscreen but may help you to
concentrate on one app at a time.
When you are using cmd+tab it is also possible to hide and quit
applications from the applications list. If you highlight an
application in the list then you can press h to hide it or q to quit
Finally I would recommend getting into using Expose. If you press the
default key to view all windows of the current application (F10) you
can then press TAB to move through all your visible applications'
Try the inverse - have a look at AutoHide - it hides (the equivalent of
Apple-H) an app whenever you switch away from it.