Thinking about a different approach to juggling
At any one time I'm juggling a lot of different projects. Generally I've tried to organize them so that I might be doing tasks for several different projects on any given day. Inevitably certain things get postponed, sometimes for days (see my earlier thread about two kinds of procrastination for more on this).
Lately I've been thinking about a different approach.
By default, not planning, any given day tends to be devoted primarily to one project. So what if I plan that from the beginning? Say, Project X comes in as an assignment, it's due in 30 days, I want to spend the equivalent of 20 hours on it. So instead of planning to do it in bits and pieces over the course of 30 days, I find the soonest possible 20 hour block in which to do it. (which translates probably into 4 6-hour days).
All those work days might or might not be consecutive. But by trying to schedule them as soon as possible, I think I may do better with deadlines.
I also know that this won't work perfectly--any given day will be interrupted by some other things that need to be done right now. But I'm thinking it may work better with my tendency to stay focused on one thing anyway, and also my difficulty to transition from one project to another during the work day.
A final thought: I also know I need to be careful about "time bingeing" but on the other hand, I think for me it can be beneficial to keep my focus on one thing until it's finished, or as finished as it can be at any particular time.
So I'm going to try this (it will take some transition because I have a number of projects due soon that won't allow me to focus only on one thing a day) and see if it's a good idea. If you have thoughts from your experience I'd be interested in hearing them.