Do, do, do
Having a list of things to do is fine, but having an organized list of tasks – sorted by context and tagged with duration – is a thing of beauty. Imagine yourself at your desk, preparing for a meeting, when the phone rings. The meeting has been delayed one half-hour. What do you do? The unprepared person may go get a cup of coffee, or fiddle around surfing the internet. If you have the time, these may be appropriate choices. But say you have a deadline approaching and you would like to follow-up with some team members. You look over your lists, and voila, you see that have an e-mail session you estimated at 20 minutes. You are at your desk, the computer is there, you are ready for the meeting, and you have 30 minutes. Send the e-mails and cross it off the list!
Now you can go get that cup of coffee, and walk into the meeting feeling good about that half-hour delay.
Ich erkläre hiermit feierlich: Wenn eine Sitzung ausfällt, werde ich die Zeit IMMER mit ziellosem Surfen, YouTube-gucken, manchmal auch Zum-Bäcker-gehen füllen. Sonst kann man sich doch gar nicht richtig freuen.