Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
Are you ahead of the game, or falling behind? Are you getting the results you want? As a follow on to The Zen of Zero Mail, this post is about task management and personal productivity. It's simple by design, but proven effective over time.
SlidesBased on the feedback, I decided to use slides again. Here's a short deck that steps you through and highlights the Zen of results:
Note: In the slides I use Outlook 2007, but I've also used the same approach with simple text files and directories.
Keys to ResultsYou already know this stuff, but here's the main ideas:
Back at WorkDoes this approach work? Microsoft tests me daily. Since I use this approach at the start of my week and every day, I have a good sense of priorities. This also helps me deal with potentially randomizing scenarios. I can also batch my work. There's always more to do than time in the day. By using time-boxing and setting priorities, this helps me figure out what to eat first, what to push to the side, and what to let slide off my plate.
Lightweight By DesignSince I use this every day, it's very light-weight. It's also a system where if I fall off the horse, it's simple to get back on. There's no heavy start-up cost and there's no expensive overhead. I didn't want a system that has a big learning curve or penalizes me if I fall off track. It's really about just doing the fundamentals well.
Share Your StoriesI'm always interested to hear how people improve their effectiveness. After all, I'm a patterns and practices kind of a guy.
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