13 January 2015

My new sabbatical task schedule

In my last post, I explained why I feel I'm not getting enough out of my sabbatical, productivity-wise. As it happens, I had the time today to sort out a new schedule, which I summarize here.

Reacting to tasks just isn't working for me

I'd set up this interesting (I thought) way of partitioning my time during my sabbatical. But it slipped away from me and I've gone into a purely reacting mode of response to tasks.  And that's not working for me either. Lesson: no matter what I originally thought, my process design was no good.

10 August 2014

Notebooks of famous people

Well, actually, famous men.  Sorry, but the site where I found this is about "manliness." [Insert rolling eyes here]

I think that most of what's on that site is just macho bullshit, but there's no escaping the interest in learning a bit about some famous men lived, by means of their notebooks.

See The Pocket Notebooks of 20 Famous Men.

I note with a teeny bit of satisfaction that I tend to do as Darwin did, and write from the spine out - at right angles to convention - because it's both easier and gets the rings of my binders out of the way.

19 May 2014

Sabbatical planning II

Today I test-drove the system I've developed to help manage my work for my sabbatical (see here for an overview).  I quickly discovered that I need to tweak how I list tasks by context to make the system workable.  Fortunately, Toodledo can handle it.

18 May 2014

Planning my sabbatical schedule

I've got a year-long sabbatical coming up, and I needed some flexible yet systematic way to make sure that I'll spread my time reasonably among many different projects.  Here's what I came up with.