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Today I had four meetings that I could have gone to, but I generally choose not to attend the two morning stand-ups, and we had an impromptu meeting at the end of one of the hour-long meetings, so I ended up in a total of three for the day ūüôā

The second meeting this afternoon ended early, but two of the attendees stayed after to help me understand some processes that are new to me. While we were still occupying the conference room, a colleague stopped by to discuss another topic, and so went a very brief but informative meeting three. During the initial second meeting that morphed into the third meeting, we discussed the first meeting of the day which we had all attended as well. The organizer of the second meeting recommended the video (link below), after the craziness of that meeting.

We had close to twenty people in the conference room and on the call, and people were entering without giving their name … or they gave their name too quickly. There were random beeps of joining with no name, atrociously loud typing at some point, a person rubbing burlap or something over their microphone, a speaker who cut in and out with a lot of interference, and it was just ridiculously funny!!!

I pulled up this recommended video after completing my two short assignments and final discussion response for the week (my weeks run Thursday to Wednesday at my new school), and it was so close to our experience this morning, that I am still chuckling 10 minutes later ūüėÄ

The only downside to today was that I had too much to do to fix a proper dinner, but eh … it’s only one night …

Next week in class will be a little more difficult, but the weekly meeting with these folks will provide some regular entertainment to relieve the stress!

Until tomorrow …

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Time Management

I reference the video below in this discussion, and it is well worth watching. ¬†It may be that you won’t use all of his examples, but he definitely got me thinking about things that I could do to improve, and areas where I am still inefficient. ¬†With the course week changing from Monday through Sunday to Thursday through Wednesday, I have had to reassess my previous methods of completing my assignments, and strangely enough, I think that I enjoy having the week end on Wednesdays. ¬†I feel like I am actually getting a break on the weekend where before I worked through the entire weekend, and spreading the work out over the entire week is giving me more time to prepare meals, and eat with the kids ūüôā
Randy Pausch Lecture: Time Management
“Why is time management important to you professionally, academically, and personally? After reading ‚ÄúDr. Ronald Berman on Time Management,‚ÄĚ and viewing the video at the conclusion of the article, how will you change your approach to time management using that information?”

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Time management is essential to maintaining a balance among the various areas of my life.  In my job, I have organized my work such that I rarely ever take work home.  Nor do I check my work email outside of work hours except under extraordinary circumstances such as a large software project go-live event for which I am responsible.  My current position of project manager over what are sometimes enterprise-wide information technology projects for a company employing more than 20,000 individuals at more than 600 locations means that not only do I have to manage my own time, but that of others as well.  It was not always the case that I left work at work, but it has taken years of effort to find a system of time management that allows me to be successful in my current position while rarely feeling overwhelmed.

Academically, I have just completed two degrees online over the last four years, and I feel that I this shows that I have a solid method of time management in place in order to succeed in this program as well. ¬†There are many items on¬†Dr. Ronald Berman’s list in our assigned reading this week¬†such as keeping a to do list, writing down ideas as they occur to me (I call OneNote from Microsoft my peripheral brain, and the online version¬†can be accessed from just about any device or browser available.),¬†backing up my files, and mapping out the entire course’s assignments in advance¬†are just three examples of items¬†that I do currently¬†(Berman, 2011). ¬†There are some item on his list that I need to add to my current plan such as actually writing it down, and¬†I plan to print his list and refer to it often, in order to maximize my time utilization¬†(Berman, 2011).

In my personal life I have three children with whom I enjoy spending time, and we have scheduled activities such as dinner out every two weeks and a movie once a month that we all enjoy.  I enjoy photography, and spend several hours on the weekends driving to local spots with one or more of my children to shoot when weather permits.  Digital paintography or photo editing consumes at least one evening a week and a few hours on the weekend, and I post the results of those efforts to a daily blog.  For the next ten weeks I will also be facilitating a Project Management Professional course in preparation for the exam I will be sitting for in December.

My friends and family call me crazy for tackling so much, but I thoroughly enjoy my life, my family, my hobbies, my friends, my work, and my education, and I am steadily working toward and attaining my goals. ¬†One of the things that struck me in Randy¬†Pausch’s¬†lecture (2007) was that he mentioned killing your television. ¬†We do have a television, and my children and I watch movies together on it occasionally, but other than that it collects dust. ¬†I originally bought it for my boys to use for their game system, but they prefer games on the computer. ¬†We haven’t had cable television in more than 10 years, and we’ve never missed it. ¬†There is so much to do and see and learn and discuss, that I believe many more families would be happier without one. My life is a happy one with my time filled from morning to night with those things that are important to me, and time management, as Randy¬†Pausch¬†(2007) pointed out, is the key that makes juggling all of my activities and responsibilities possible.

 

Reference

Berman, R. (2011). RES 811: Dr. Ronald Berman on Time Management. Document posted in Grand Canyon University PSY801-O103 online classroom.

Pausch, R. (Presenter). (2007, November 27). Randy Pausch lecture: time management. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTugjssqOT0