Sounds like lambing
Originally Posted by Conejo23
During lambing all bets are off, the priority is keeping sheepies and lambies alive. All else, including food for the humans pales into insignificance. But once nighttime hits I try to do as much on contexts as my energy allows. I know that the mad crush will all start again at dawn the next day. During lambing we are out with the sheep from first light until after dark.
I don't use due dates but instead work to pre-load a lot of task and jobs.
So I have food prepared we can microwave, alert the neighbors that the lambalanch is imminent (the same neighbors who often arrive unannounced with wine, coffee, bread, or food or just a spare set of hands just when we really need it) and set all sorts of things onto automatic reply "I'm lambing, call back in June" type messages. I also set up a bunch of helper things, the checklist for dystocia triage printed out in large type so I can read it in the field w/o my glasses, (which often get slimed by the end of the day) the lamb bag contents so I could restock after each trip out to the ewes w/o thinking, the picture of how to tie a baling twine prolapse harness in my bag (only needed it once but I really needed it then), the proper place to euthanize a sheep and notes on how to do a field emergency c-section plus tools and instruments needed are also now in my bag for use if needed. Whatever I think I might need for any emergency was prepared in advance because during the crisis I can't stop to think I have to just do or follow a checklist.
I also found last year that the more I did in weekly review (actually pre-lambing review) to really chunk things down to the tiniest next action possible really helped. I needed to have no thought or brain capacity required to do anything on any action list or it never got done until the lull between lambing flights.
I went into lambalanch with a huge next actions list (I'd guess maybe 50-60 actions per context) but the actual actions were very small easy to do things, much more granular than my normal next actions lists. I came out of lambing with nothing critical left undone and nothing dropped, a first for me.
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