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De-cluttering Unfinished Tasks

De-cluttering Unfinished Tasks

Recently, Meggin was asked this question: “As an academic at a mid-sized institution, I am looking forward to another term and I’m trying to de-clutter the piles of paper in my office for real this time! For me, the papers are certainly a big problem, but having failed multiple times to clean them up, I think that I have identified one additional problem that I don’t really know how to solve. Each paper seems to represent a task that is “unfinished” – or represents something I should have done or meant to do. This really messes with all...
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Keeping Track of the Bits and Pieces of ...

Here is a question from one of Meggin’s academic subscribers. With a toddler, teaching/service responsibilities, and the admin that comes with research, how can I effectively keep track of all the bits and pieces of different kinds of research tasks (and the different kinds of energy they take) so that I don’t reinvent the wheel with each next writing/research block? And how can I make this a portable/online system? Since I am working on a book, the chapters come back in different states at different times whether proofed, commented on by colleagues, reverse...
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Does Project Time Equal Pockets Time?

One of the participants in a “Planning Your Next Quarter” class I recently presented asked the following: I have a lot of project time blocked on my calendar: writing, faculty development, etc.  Would that count as pocket time even though it’s movable? Meggin’s answer: Actually, no, it doesn’t count as pocket time because it really does have to get done. It is movable which is helpful, but if you haven’t built in any openings anywhere, then there will be nowhere for it to move to if all of a sudden a meeting is called (imagine that!) or something else...
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Using Paper Based Systems

Here is a question that was recently submitted about paper-based systems: I would love a paper-based system that would display the milestones/due dates of different projects (multi-stepped tasks) across time. So, I would list the projects down the left hand side of the document, time (stretching across the semester) would be at the top of the page. Then, there would be a timeline bar representing each project. I’m thinking of an Excel spreadsheet that I could go in and change, but I could print out and put in my planner so that I know when my time-heavy days are and...
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Keeping a Time Log – Video

If you sometimes wonder what happened to your day or if you are being as productive as you could be, then it’s time to keep a time log. The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on...
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Just Whelmed – What Are the Differ...

There are three terms, the first with which you are probably most familiar, that deserve a definition.  Those three terms are: Overwhelmed Underwhelmed, and Just Whelmed Be very clear on the fact that you are the only person who can distinguish between and among these three for yourself. Each person has a different tolerance overall…and that tolerance also varies depending on what else is going on in a person’s life. Take a look at the definitions below.  As you read through each of these sets of definitions, think about what other words you would add to what...

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