I had an issue recently where I was getting an absurd amount of draft messages into my Outlook Client. The message was one that I already had sent to a co-worker over a week ago. I had already deleted over 400 messages from my drafts to this point. I tried running the Skype for Business tool to see if it would clear the cache of temp files and hopefully stop this from happening.
No dice, I restarted my computer multiple times and the Skype for Business application itself. The problem still persisted. I then did what most people today, I complained on Twitter.
— Luigi Danakos (@NerdBlurt) May 24, 2016
I felt vindicated briefly, but the problem was still there, then having a few free minutes I went to the Googles.
That is where I found the answer! User Jordan Nolan pointed another user to the solution and right location of the culprit file!
It is not really clear as to why this happens, One thing I did observe is the user I was interacting with had just moved to Office 365, I am still on Exchange. I like the other users are in a mixed application shop meaning, I installed the latest version of Skype over an older install. There maybe some bug I am unaware of that doesn’t play nice with the different versions
This was a simple fix, and I am hoping it doesn’t happen again as it is more annoying then anything as a user to have to do this. I do not like hundreds of drafts in my draft folder and seeing that number made me cringe every-time.
Now we discuss a variety of topics and one thing I brought up was that I really think I have ADHD (undiagnosed) and I am always working on multiple things. I needed to find a solution to focus better.
Let me give you an example-
I do a lot throughout the day and just need to see what I accomplished and such. I need to hold myself accountable. Utilizing my time to the fullest is a personal goal for myself.
The Sticky plan
The plan is simple Matthew explained that he uses sticky notes in the following way.
On his white board he has Four columns –
Under each topic you place the stuff you need to do to get done. But there are 2 simple rules to follow.
Now you can change or add things at will if a random task comes up.
I do things on the go so I modified it slightly as I am not using the whiteboard but my desktop on my MAC. I have a Stickies application installed that allows for post it notes to be used. Now Windows can also do this same feature as it is installed there as well.
Here is my current set-up. I have modified it some since I am done writing down my stickies for today.
I do plan on using my whiteboard to do the stickies as well, as I do like to disconnect from the computer. But having them in two places will help me to stay on track and focused.
The first thing is realizing you have a problem, then finding ways to cope with that problem. This is my attempt at identifying my problem and working on a resolution towards that. I am also playing around with the website Lumosity to keep my brain fresh with different things. You need to keep things sharp.
Now this is one step in dealing with disorganization that I find simple and am going to give it a whirl.