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To-dos by Mental State by David Kadavy
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7 Mental States

A description of each mental state. Feel free to enter your own time value for each mental state.
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State
Description
Time Value ($/hr)
1
Prioritize
Decide what needs to be done, and what can’t or shouldn’t be done.
$1,000
2
Generate
Generate creative products, such as writing a blog post or brainstorming a podcast conversation.
$2,000
3
Exploration
Collect raw materials for creative insights. This may be reading about a topic that interests me, or listening to past appearances of potential podcast guests.
$800
4
Research
Research to answer specific questions for a project, such as the year an event happened, or reviewing a scientific paper.
$500
5
Polish
Refine a product and get it ready to ship. For example, editing a book.
$100
6
Administrate
Take care of the pesky details of keeping my business running. This may be reviewing finances, or tweaking ad campaigns.
$50
7
Recharge
Rest, relax, and disconnect.
$1,000
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