RE: Time Management

Subject: RE: Time Management
From: Amanda_Abelove -at- toyota -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 15:48:58 -0800

Those are good pointers! Thanks! But maybe I need to refocus my
question... And I should restate that I AM meeting all my deadlines. Both
my dog and I would be eating kibble if I wasn't! LOL.

Things that work for me:

* Writing out my to-do list for the next day before I go home. Saves
"thought in order time" when stumbling in, in the morning,
* Countdown calendars to delivery date. Increases sense of panic and
urgency. Must get deliverable done!
* Putting "projects that suck" first on my list... so that they are out of
my life faster.
* Have a ticking time bomb to get you out the door on time... This is new.
A shepherd/pit-bull mix, no yard and a living room full of IKEA furniture.
* Writing down all incoming calls as they come in on my ginormous weekly
calendar... This is new. Log of what someone asked you to do and when they
asked you to do it! Fewer "Doh!"s, less reworking.
* Daily journal for work - This is new. Not only about what the cute guy
in the cafeteria wore today, also a history of what I actually did. Trying
to get a perspective on my pudding-for-brains days... when they happened
and what I did get done overall that week.

*************What works for you guys? I want the real tips here!


Sara wrote:
> (Try to set) tangible goals each day. Break-up a large project into
smaller blocks which then become your
> goals. Post a new goal each day on your monitor with a yellow post-it
if necessary.

OK... how do you write goals for tech writing? So much of it is just
little patches of reminders to myself to find out X, Y and Z... then
write it down.

Martin wrote:

> process? Find out if you can get involved in the meetings, planning
sessions, etc.

Exactly what can I add to the process? They kind of have it under control

> The
> sooner you knock big stuff out of the way, the more time you can free
> up to do the things you want to do.

Yeah, but the big stuff all needs to get done at the end...

Poster wrote:

> Well, from the outside, it looks like you have it all together.

LOL... That's a carefully crafted image... *evil laugh*


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