Getting The Most Done

A CSUPERB Faculty Mini-workshop

led by Dr. Jill Adler, Professor, Cal Poly Pomona at the annual CSUPERB symposium.

1. Realize that time management is a myth.
There is still only 24h in a day and your “list” of tasks needs to take that into account.

2. Find out how you are using your time and evaluate your effective use of time
Do you spend too much time 'Net surfing, reading email, or making personal calls? Need an accurate picture of what you actually do. Do an honest hour by hour recording of what you do on a typical day during a work week and on a typical day during a weekend.

3. Create goals to improve your productivity.
For example, for one week ( or less) set a goal that you're not going to take personal phone calls (or emails? Or texts?) while you're working.

4. Implement a plan to achieve your goals.
The objective is to change your behaviors over time to achieve whatever general goal you've set for yourself, such as increasing your productivity or decreasing your stress.

5. What are you? (elements of each?)
Fireperson: busy putting out fires, Type A, thrives on stress
Over-Committer: trouble setting boundaries for yourself or to your boss
Aquarian: task avoidance
Chatty Kathy: long social interactions to avoid doing tasks
Perfectionist: difficulty finishing tasks to your satisfaction

Tools to help:

There are only 24 hours in a day!
Project Management table
Four month calendar on one sheet- for easy access to all deadlines and commitments, consult before adding new commitments.

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