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Clarifying Flow Time

Clarifying Flow Time

The following question was submitted by someone who attended the Just Whelmed Calendar class and is answered below her question. Question Here’s my understanding of Flow Time and I’m wondering if I’m on the right track so let me know: Flow Time Flow time is working on stuff that either doesn’t have a deadline or the deadline is far away (e.g., this summer, or next year). Tasks are less well-defined and I am unlikely to finish the task during this Flow Session. Examples of Flow Time tasks: writing tentative outline for workshop in November noodling about conference...
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Flow & Focus – Different Mindsets?

Flow & Focus – Different Mind...

The following question was submitted by someone who attended the Just Whelmed Calendar class and is answered below her question. Questions Should I think of Flow and Focus as being two different mindsets (rather than two different genres of tasks)? Is it possible for the same task to be placed in Flow Time one week and in Focus Time the next? When I schedule Focus time, do I always specify the tasks in advance? When Flow Time is scheduled, do specify the tasks in advance? Or do I just specify the general topic I will be Flowing in? Answer I like the way you’ve described...
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Integrating Project Management and the Just Whelmed Calendar

Integrating Project Management and the J...

The following questions were submitted by someone who attended the Just Whelmed Calendar class, the Tenure & Promotion Myths & Mindsets class, and the Hunks, Chunks, & Bites class, and are answered below her questions.   Question How do I decide which of the Project Next Steps and the Mini-Things go under Focus and which go under Flow? You made a side comment about the Project Next Steps being the Big Rocks that get placed first, and the Mini-Things as being Little Rocks that fit around them. But really, I don’t have any Big Rocks, do I? (All the Big...
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Pomodoro Technique – Time Manageme...

If you need a time management strategy to help you stay focused and increase your productivity, experiment with the Pomodoro Technique. In this 5 minute video, Meggin McIntosh provides a suggestions for integrating this technique for writing, email inbox management, decluttering, and studying. The Adobe Flash Player is required for video playback.Get the latest Flash Player or Watch this video on...
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Overwhelmed? Are You Experiencing ‘...

In her book Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work, Arlie Russell Hochschild uses the phrase ‘time-debt.’ She defines this in the context of “the feeling that a parent has of continually owing her daughter more time than she gives her.” Hmmm…Is there anyone reading this who knows what time-debt feels like? I do, although it’s not related to children since I don’t have any. My guess is that others know the feeling one way or the other, too. With all the discussions currently going on in households, businesses,...
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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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