This week I’ve decided to do something different (at least different for me). I’ve had lots of friends, associates, family members, and customers ask me what it’s like to work at Microsoft. I also get asked about what keeps us busy, how we get things done, how we do planning, etc. This week, I’m going to do a “week in the life of Rob” series.


I always start Mondays by planning my week. I am a huge fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology. I read his book a year or so ago and have been hooked ever since. As a matter of fact, I bought about 25 copies and started handing them out to people on my team. I’ve encouraged (and even coerced) people to take his class or a version of it. I’ve run out of copies of the book but I’m still an evangelist.


That said, I also got a lot out of Stephen Covey’s book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. When I plan my week, I use a combination of both methods (maybe that’s another blog series I should do – Rob’s version of the GTD method – I even have customized Outlook to make the system work for me).


I take time on Monday mornings to step back, think about the roles I play (Product Unit Manager, Administrator, Father, Husband, Friend, etc.) and write down the top things I need to accomplish during the week. I then block time on my calendar to do these things. I also review my action lists to see if there are things that now becoming “hot” that I should schedule dedicated time to do. I’m just getting ready to start that process for this week. I was delayed this morning because I stopped in at a customer meeting (I’ll blog about that in a bit).


I hope you find this week interesting. Let me know what you think.