Scheduling

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I've had one of those weeks when -- out of nowhere -- you get a sudden flurry of new tasks to do, which all have due dates for the end of this week, and all of which are important. Normally, I don't schedule my day, or micro-manage tasks. I schedule what tends to be known as the 'hard landscape' (meetings, lectures, tutorials etc.), but just fit other tasks into the gaps left. However, many of the things I have to do this week will take more than a day to complete, and I need to make sure that I make progress on each of them every day, rather than being tempted into doing the easy ones first and then having a massive panic over the hard ones on Friday.

So I printed off a stack of David Seah's excellent Emergent Task Planners, and have been using them to schedule work on my tasks during the week. There is an example of how to use the form on the page, but basically you list the things you want to work on today, estimate how long each will take (by colouring in blobs, which is quite fun in itself), then block out time periods as appropriate to do those tasks. I don't think I'd do it every day, but it has been really useful and enlightening this week. I'm slightly hesitant about revealing what I've learned about myself, for fear that people will point at me, laugh and call me an incompetent wimp. But the hope that someone might say 'me too!' and make me feel better about myself, here we go:

I'll be really happy and really tired by the middle of next week.