October 07, 2005

Time study result

I've recorded how i've spent every minute of this week to check my efficiency. I'm conscious that there is a lot to be squeezed in to this course and I sometimes come home feeling really unsatisfied with my work that day. I went into this study thinking that my time management was ok and I realised that it was actually pretty good. I am known for being efficient and planning time well amongst my friends. However, I want to improve further and be a fantastic manager of time! I don't think that this is a choice as I spend two hours trvelling each day to and from Leamington. The bus doesn't take an hour each way but I have to count the time standing waiting at the bus stop (and cursing at the timetable) as well the journey to and from the bus stop to where I need to be.

I realise that I can do more of the things that I want to do and that meeting with friends for a coffee isn't something that should be deleted from my day. This makes me happy as this is real quality time…sharpening the saw.

I think my main aim is 'efficiency' of time rather than maximising time for work, as the latter adds to my stress when taken too far.

So, some solutions for myself:

  • Jez suggested finding some audio books relavent to the course and listening to them on the bus. It sounds like a fantastic idea so i'm going to have a look. I don't suppose anyone has Deming on CD ?!?
  • I think I need to stop and think about all the tricks I used last year as I haven't needed to use them over the summer. I will make sure I plan and try not to repeat the same mistake if the plan turns out to unrealistic.
  • After the ISO presentations today I began to think about they type of learner that I was. I tend to think very much in lists i.e. a very logical structure. Team 1 presented their ideas using a mindmap and I have decided to experiment with mind maps as a tool for recording ideas. I don't think that it will work for me in every situation but I am willing to give it a go.
  • Write down all the questions I need to ask to be able to understand a topic. Undoubtedly, answers will lead to further questions. This will help me to focus my ideas and stop off-topic drift, which will save time and help me to keep my work-time productive.
  • Take time to plan: Thinking about what work needs to be completed each week will enable me to focus on what I need to do and not worry about what i'm not doing. At the moment I have my diary, a weekly planner, various lists in different notepads (I am a serious list writer). I need to consolidate…

Will report back in a few weeks.

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  1. Very useful blog, thanks for that.

    07 Oct 2005, 23:22

  2. Just a few words about audio books … Acrobat reader has a function – 'Read out loud' – you may listen to the paper, not read it. The reading it produces is not the perfect one, but quite understanble. Besides, it can be recorded by some audio grabber software. So, you may store it on your mp3 player and listen to it while going by bus and so on.
    Of course, it's not Deming on CD, but this is could be an option.

    09 Oct 2005, 13:19

  3. Thats a good idea. I've tried it out but it only seems to work when the file is originally a pdf i.e. not when it was originally a word document that has been 'pdf-ed'. Has anyone else had this problem?

    10 Oct 2005, 13:22

  4. Aidan

    haha! I found your blog!! The wonders of google! (Am wearing one of their shirts today… hmmm… racking up the nerd points!) Anyway, I am going to be snooty and suggest getting a mac : D It will read anything to you in a wariety of weird and wonderful voices – listening to news.bbc.co.uk in the morning is what I tend to use it for occaisionally (sp??).... Anyway, I'm to carry on being nosy! ; )

    09 Nov 2005, 05:24

  5. I've downloaded Acrbat Reader 7 which reads things out to you too. No choice with the voice – Stephen Hawking or nothing. But what can you do eh!

    09 Nov 2005, 09:17

  6. Aidan: What on earth are you doing up at 5.24am? Don't tell me its all that astronomy stuff again. Pfff :-P

    09 Nov 2005, 09:18

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