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Do you make appointments with yourself ?

Do you make appointments with yourself ?

Ie : On Monday I'm going to eat the 3 chapters
of the .NET FrameWork book

I've got a hard time forcing myself to read a book

I'm really bad at managing my time

Any tips & advice to help out of proscrastination ?

__ IceMan __
Friday, April 30, 2004

That's an appointment I wouldn't mind missing.

christopher baus (www.baus.net)
Friday, April 30, 2004

Well here's an antidote, what if something you didn't do would get you fired? Or take away that delicious source of income from a particularly good contractor? It seems that you need to start doing real projects that gets you money in the bank. It could be something as minor as rentacoder.com, but when you find out that your procrastination will get you very angry reviews and missing fun money you'll start pushing yourself even more. The problem with contracting is that you will probably only have to learn a tiny subset of a particular technology, because that's all you need. So you'll have to find a way to learn more despite the lack of opportunities to do them professionally. Other than that I can't think of anything else that will basically make the buck stop where you want them to stop.

Li-fan Chen
Friday, April 30, 2004

For your day to day stuff, do the same thing. Get a full time job, that makes your free time precious. If that doesn't get you to spend your free time carefully, do something fancy with your free time--like plan for a cool road trip or a particularly nice concert for a friend. To pull any of these off requires discipline and because it's a group effort you don't want to disappoint your friends. That way you push yourself and still get to have fun.

Li-fan Chen
Friday, April 30, 2004

I schedule my personal Lunch as a repeating appointment, prevents anyone from scheduling me for a meeting over lunch hour since the time shows as busy in Exchange.

Gerald
Friday, April 30, 2004

I put reminders on tasks. If all goes well, I don't just click "dismiss" without reading what the heck the task was supposed to be.

Martha
Friday, April 30, 2004

One thing that can keep me focused an motivated is to  keep a list of things I need to do on a notepad, preferably split up into small steps that aren't too much work individually, and check them off one after another as I get them done. It's a lot easier to get started on doing something when I have such a list, and checking off what I have done is very satisfying.

sid6581
Friday, April 30, 2004

I second sid6581.

Li-fan Chen
Friday, April 30, 2004

"but when you find out that your procrastination will get you very angry reviews and missing fun money you'll start pushing yourself even more"

I, respectfully, disagree.

Do you really WANT to read .net?
How badly do you want to have finished reading the .net book?

Sometimes our reasoning brain tries to force the rest of our brain to do something, saying "just do it".  Well, maybe you don't really care enough about the results to do the work.

Mr. Analogy
Friday, April 30, 2004

Put yourself in a near death situation, you'll be able to prioritize stuff hell of a lot better.

Stay away from morons who try to sell you "Time Managment 101" or "Get organized in 10 minutes."

Get some REAL perspective. Suicide is a good start.

Best,

Jason
Friday, April 30, 2004

Oh and I forgot. Listen to "Beyond the Death" by Judas Preist.

Jason
Friday, April 30, 2004

Gerald -- yeah, I started doing similar things. Plus scheduling my leaving time as "4:00pm, Katie goes home" because the late workers have a habit of assuming EVERYONE works 10am - 6pm and putting meetings at the end of their day. [I used to work 8am-4pm to miss the congestion]

Even then they used to ignore it. And that caused friction when I'd then end up doing several days of 8am-6:30pm and then leave at noon on Friday...

Katie Lucas
Saturday, May 01, 2004

I've been doing this for the last two months. The main reason is I am working simultaneously on two things for two different bosses, and the one that hassles the most gets more of his work done at the expense of the other. So I've just given one of them two hours a day, and now refuse to go and see the other one if he calls within that time.

He did today, and I suspect he was rather miffed when I told his secretary he would have to wait until tomorrow for something.

I use Outlook for this; just good enough.

Stephen Jones
Saturday, May 01, 2004

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