Time Management & Organization

by CuteHat
  • CuteHat 09-04-2019, 03:27 PM
    How do you keep tasks and events organized? Do you split things up day by day, hour by hour? (Smaller??) There's a lot of literature about it out there, including differing cultural time perspectives. I've tried a handful of planners in the past, getting as minute as 15-minute intervals for planning, but haven't felt entirely right with them. These days I use a journal with bulleted pages so I can make my own tables and boxes for things like weekly goals, long term project steps, reflections etc. alongside weekly or monthly calendar. The "Bullet Journal" method is also pretty okay imo, but it's a very generalized approach, and I ended up moving from that to my current bespoke timetables.

    I'm sure anyone who has tried getting really specific with their timetables has experienced the wrath of the planner's fallacy--that nothing takes nearly as much or as little time as you think--which necessitates a flexible solution. I also believe keeping deadlines and appointment times are more important than making actual to-do lists, because those encourage procrastination in some cases. I've tried some, which include levels of prioritization, which I think is also a bit of a backwards concept: there's a business hierarchy concept called the Pareto distribution, which is an applied 80/20 rule. That is to say, in all kinds of things, 20% of a need tends to require 80% of resources to satisfy (80% of healthcare resources are expended on the most frail 20% of the population, 80% of productivity tends to come from the top 20% of employees). So in time management, 20% of your work takes 80% of your available time, which means conversely 80% of your tasks only take 20% of your time. But by prioritizing the difficult 20% of tasks, you end up neglecting the more achievable 80%.

    I'll stop now! But I wanted to hear what you guys do for time management and what things you've noticed in your experiences with it.
  • malmon 09-04-2019, 03:34 PM
    I don't really time manage at all >_<

    I tend to just work sporadically, which means that some days I don't really do anything, others i stay up to 0300 working on something. I'm quite certain that any sort of timetable I'd write for myself would near immediately be ignored. I wouldn't say it's effective, but oh well.
  • Clickbait 09-04-2019, 05:08 PM
    what's time management or organisation lmao
  • floattube 09-04-2019, 06:31 PM
    I've always been bad at both of those... >_<
  • LucianDreamer 09-05-2019, 12:01 PM
    I manage how I want to manage my time with my own discretion, since I'm not in school anymore and not in some claustrophobic workplace.
    (09-04-2019, 05:08 PM)Clickbait Wrote: what's time management or organisation lmao


    To me it sounds like it meant organizing our stuff properly like binders and our sleep schedule that also applies to jobs, traveling, and appointments.
  • Marine 09-08-2019, 06:39 AM
    I wake up, do my morning routine, go to work, come home, and post online. I try to use my free time to consume information, so I can draw connections between everything I learn. I would be more  more knowledgable if I were able to properly study and learn however.
  • CuteHat 09-08-2019, 03:29 PM
    (09-08-2019, 06:39 AM)Marine Wrote: I try to use my free time to consume information, so I can draw connections between everything I learn.

    I feel, I've added a reading list to my planner, along with periodic spaces for reflections on what I read, though I tend to keep my actual notes in the margins of the books themselves.

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Time Management & Organization