Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Taking back the house

After the chaos of the last week of May and first two weeks of June, complete with two visits by relatives, two birthdays and two week-long workshops, I'm attempting to reclaim the house from the crap under which it is buried. In this process, I am also trying to organize my time better. Ideally, I would like to be better prepared for everything. I always feel like I'm doing things at the last minute or I'm late and apologizing profusely to people. I don't like this. I've been organized about my time most of my life. I was one of those students who started papers really early. Both at home and at work, the consequences of my not realizing deadlines until the last minute have meant that I have had to rush around and complete some (or more likely, several tasks) myself. If I had planned better, I could have delegated. An example, for my summer multimedia program, I have to make sure that the training classroom computers have the appropriate software. If I had planned properly, I could have asked User Services to take of that. Instead, me and two students were in the room the Friday before the training began installing all kinds of software.

My ideal time/project/list organizer would be web-based since I'm almost always online, but not always on the same computer. I generally like the 43 folders way of doing things and would like to adapt that to an online environment. Suggestions are welcome, but I'll be trying out a few things on my own and I'll let you know what I think of them.

It's not that I want to be some kind of organization freak (that will never happen given my personality), but I would like to be organized enough that I'm not stressing over everyday occurrences. Keep watching this space. :)