Friday, July 27, 2007

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Time management — for start new life

Time management includes tools or techniques for planning and scheduling time, usually with the aim to increase the effectiveness and/or efficiency of personal and corporate time use. These are embodied in a number of books, seminars and courses, which may offer conflicting advice. The common denominators of these strategies are a to-do-list, setting priorities and goal management. Some of the best known examples of time management strategies are tied to specific lines of time management products.

Time management for personal use is a type of self-management. In a corporate setting, time management software can satisfy the need to control employees, make it easier to coordinate work and increases accountability of individual employees.

Planning time and writing to-do-lists also consumes time and needs to be scheduled. This is one of the major criticisms of time management.

Task lists

A task list (also to-do list) is a list of tasks to be completed, such as chores or steps toward completing a project. It is an inventory tool that serves as an alternative to memory.

Task lists are used in self-management, grocery lists, business management, project management, and software development. It may involve more than one list.

When you accomplish one of the items on a task list, you check it off or cross it off. The traditional method is to write these on a piece of paper with a pen or pencil, usually on a note pad or clip-board. Numerous software equivalents are now available, and many popular e-mail clients include task list applications, as do most PDAs. There are also several web-based task list applications, many of which are free.

Task list organization

Task lists are often tiered. The simplest tiered system includes a general to-do list (or task-holding file) to record all the tasks the person needs to accomplish, and a daily to-do list which is created each day by transferring tasks from the general to-do list.

Task lists are often prioritized:

  • An early advocate of "ABC" prioritization was Alan Lakein (See Books below.). In his system "A" items were the most important ("A-1" the most important within that group), "B" next most important, "C" least important.
  • A particular method of applying the ABC method[1] assigns "A" to tasks to be done within a day, "B" a week, and "C" a month.
  • To prioritize a daily task list, one either records the tasks in the order of highest priority, or assigns them a number after they are listed ("1" for highest priority, "2" for second highest priority, etc.) which indicates in which order to execute the tasks. The latter method is generally faster, allowing the tasks to be recorded more quickly.

Software applications

Modern task list applications may have built-in task hierarchy (tasks are composed of subtasks which again may contain subtasks), may support multiple methods of filtering and ordering the list of tasks, and may allow to associate arbitrarily long notes for each task.

Task list applications may be thought as lightweight personal information manager or project management software.

Task list is also a synonym for process list i.e. the list of program instances (processes) the computer is currently executing.

Based on Wikipedia article about time managment

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Art to do work …

The habit postpone all for last moment can to become a serious problem of a dissatisfaction of the worker and private life. Constants overtime, job late, the missed possibilities, stress and feeling of a dissatisfaction - some symptoms of this bad habit. We will try to consider, how it is possible to avoid it and as I do it.

Starting to work, speak to itself «I wish to make it» instead of constantly reminding itself «To me it is necessary to make it». Anyway, always to you to choose, do something or is not present, even if consequences can be unpleasant. Make the realised choice of that you would like to make now, and make it! I usually make the plan per day in which I place only those problems which to me are to be seen the made. It is my choice - therefore they always are to be made.

If to think of a problem as about the big elephant whom you wish to eat for certain you postpone this problem «on then». Wonder: «With what I can begin right now?» Bite off to an elephant an ear and do not think of how it can to be located all in you. When it is made, choose the following small part of an elephant or the most tasty - without a difference - and eat it! In process of destruction of the monster you receive particulars about an elephant which were not visible at first. You begin Each time with the following small part and receive from it pleasure while you as a result will not find out, that from an elephant there was one tail which without problems can be located in you at one go. If a problem immense or not pleasant (but, certainly, important for you!) - safely begin and do not think yet of end.

One more reason conducting to a delay - the desire to make a problem as is possible is better. You think, that is necessary to carry out a problem as much as possible well - and it leads I postpone its executions for uncertain term. As soon as performance term approaches - you already do not have time to carry out a problem ideally. This thought leads to stress and irritation concerning the abilities and the organisation of the work. If the problem has no concrete time for completion the desire to make it ideally will not allow to finish it never as always there will be a moment which can be improved.

Always afford the right to be the person. And the person can be mistaken, with it there's nothing to be done. To many ingenious creations preceded 1000 unsuccessful, but hardly these ingenious creations have appeared, if not these 1000 previous. The imperfect job made today, always better, than ideal, postponed for ever. If you wish to write article on 5000 words, allow your first draught copy to consist only of 100 words. Usually I break a very heavy problem into some small affairs, not thinking about the one who should do them. Then I take one of them, I add in the list “to make today” and I start without any thoughts on ideality of result. It does not represent special work as the big ideally executed problem has been replaced by a small edible slice.

One more reason of a delay - association of a problem with deprivation. You think, that employment by business will absorb all free time and I cannot spend it that to me to like and it is interesting. Such thought, of course, does not favour to the problem decision. In this case I recommend to allocate time for employment by what to like: a hobby, a family, anything you like. Allocate for this time and do not allow other problems to interfere in these intervals. If at you will be only two hours on the problem decision, and you know that all rest of the time is already engaged in by pleasant affairs for you special work will not make to make this problem as other case not to be expected.

Remember the success formula: do not put off that it is possible to make today.

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