Friday, March 3, 2017

2016 TKR: The seven secrets of time control

The seven secrets of time control  
A brief collection of suggestions for time management
  • Need time management?
  • Don't have time for it?
  • Complain. Easier than fixing.
  • And lasts longer  
Here are the seven secrets
  1. TODO list
  2. Joblets and projects
  3. Time triage, priorities
  4. Satisfice 
  5. Timesuckers--Give them the attention they deserve
  6. Meal checks
  7. Calendar
And if you don't even have time for these secrets:
  • (More after the break, scroll down!)

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  • Ok.  Not really secrets.  
  • Everybody knows some of them.  
  • Everybody talks about some of them.  
  • Everybody plans to try some of them. 
  • A few people actually use them.
  • But most people don't have the time.
  • So here is one more secret.  
  • "Do.  Or do not.  There is no try."-- Yoda
  • Time Control. Eight things to do every day

The seven secrets of time control 

1. The TODO list.

Keep a list of things you need to get done.  If you use Gmail, there is a convenient app on your Inbox page.  Click on Gmail, then click the Tasks option.  Type the things you need to get done soon in the task list.  You can remove items as you get them done.  You can add items as you need to.  The list will be right there nagging you in your incoming email, so you won't miss it.

2. Joblets and projects

A joblet is a bit work that has a goal, a start, and a finish. It should fit into a convenient unit of time (twenty minutes, an hour, or the like). It can be part of a larger job.  Think of any big job as a collection of joblets.    
A project is a big unit of work that has a goal, a start, and a finish.   The term project sounds big and intimidating for some people.  So you break a big project into little pieces.  
You can call them joblets. That makes them sound even smaller. A big project is just a collection of joblets put together in the right order. 
The advantage in planning in terms of joblets is that you can know what you want to accomplish in the next hour or so. You know when you have accomplished it. And you can take satisfaction in getting it done.  Even check it off your TODO list.  That way you know you accomplished something.  
  • The first joblet in any big job is to break it into joblets. 
  • The next joblet is to schedule when to do the first of the joblets. 
  • The Startalittles versus the Putitovs

3. Priorities and time triage

Time Triage: While you are thinking about the joblets you are going to finish off today, think them into three boxes:
  • Must
  • May
  • Someday
Then focus on must

4. Satisfice

5. Timesuckers

  • Give them the attention they deserve.
  • Put them on your TODO list.
  • Along with the things you don't want to do.

6. Meal Checks

7. Calendar

If you feel pressured, the schedule trick may help. The trick is not in making the schedule. Anybody can do that. The trick is in believing the schedule.

Three rules.

  • Treat what you put on your calendar as done for now. 
  • Treat what you schedule as a promise to yourself. 
  • Keep your promises. Or the trick will fail. 
The trick here is to get joblets off your mind and onto your calendar. That pressure you feel comes from little memory units in your brain, busy keeping track of what you have to do. You want to convince them that your calendar will take care of that job. If they are convinced, they will stop bugging you.

News and Notes

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