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my workweek cadence

This will all sound really corporate, just a warning. But I love lists, organization, cadences, and find them all soothing when I get overwhelmed by all the craziness of my job where a zillion things are going on all the time. I gotta focus on something.

So a few years ago I started dedicating certain days of the week to different ideas, so I wouldn't feel so overwhelmed. and it's stuck with me. my nerdy system has kind of evolved into a pattern that I haven't actually talked about, not even at work, but wanted to write down.

Mission Monday - Write down my top 3-5 priorities to get done this week. Of course there's always a running list of way more than that, but for me personally, for the week, I can handle about that many. I use my whiteboard for this so I can erase last week's completed completed items for an early pat on the back.

Conversation Tuesday - Make an extra effort to check in with other groups and make sure everybody's doing well. Spend some facetime with someone I've just been emailing. See what I can do to help.

Status Wednesday- Dedicate a little time to assessing where we're at with everything, and come up with a new plan for any monday priority items that have stalled.

Stick it Thursday - Which I could call "focus Thursday" if I was nice, but it's really not, this was the second day I thought of. Focus as much as possible on the absolute top priority, and tell everyone else to stick it. Go as long as possible without checking email. Hide in places where nobody can find me to review long documents.

Fix shit Friday - Okay, or fix "it" if you're nice... just get lots of little stuff fixed. Tackle all the low priority stuff that I didn't want to distract me earlier in the week, especially if I know it'll only take 15 minutes to get off my plate. Work on the projects that I personally find the most interesting.

And then, done! Of course no day is 100% dedicated to any one thing, that's impossible, and I don't need all day to, say, status crap. or talk to people... egads I'd go nuts. But this way at least I give myself permission to take care of these things, they have a place and a chance that I'll get to everything.



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Mar. 19th, 2015 03:20 am (UTC)
That's a great idea!
Mar. 19th, 2015 02:13 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea. I love lists and they really ease my overwhelmed mind, I'm almost always anxious about not forgetting something.

Do you have an organizer or something like that?
Mar. 19th, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
mostly outlook, for the calendar.

and I have a notepad I carry around too for papers and stuff I write down, I draw a "T" in a box next to "tasks" I get assigned throughout the day so they don't get lost on the pages. that's as planner-y as it gets!
Mar. 19th, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a good way to keep all the balls moving!
Mar. 19th, 2015 04:04 pm (UTC)
That's a really good plan. I do something similar in my non-work life, with different days for different things I need to do, or places I need to go, etc. Lack of focus seems to be a big problem in life, and whatever you can do do enable the ability to focus on specific things at specific times can only be a good thing, I would think. Good idea to spread around.
Mar. 19th, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)
I think that is a great plan!

I barely manage to dedicate certain days to certain projects, often it ends with trying to put out the fires when they arise....
Mar. 19th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
with ya there! I joke that my job description is basically "stop out fires".

which means it's a real challenge trying to keep things from falling off the map when someone just expects you to remember it and get it done this month.
Mar. 19th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, the not loud screaming things which gave you half a year to get done will someday arrive at their due date.... so we need to find time for them.
And you also have to manage people, not only things!
Mar. 19th, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)
I do a similar thing, in a way, but more about the types of projects to work on each day. I like the idea of something like Conversation Tuesday.
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