Expect some adjustment to this blog design in the next week or two. With FroydTech, LLC started up I’m doing a general overhaul to my web properties.
So right now I’ve got half a dozen different devices with a few different calendar options. I’ve got my google calendar, trello, my work calendar, and then a to-do list manager that can be run on the Amazon Echo.
Each term I try to lock down the schedule for the coming 12 weeks. To do that, I would schedule time for the tasks on the calendar as events. It kind of helped, but then the problem was, especially with last term, any thing new that got added tended to upset the apple cart. For instance, they started having us tutor students…this became problematic because of constant reschedules and additions to the schedule. That derailed the events/time scheduling I had set up. I didn’t feel guilt, per-se, but I grew frustrated with myself for not working on the things I had scheduled time for…wasn’t my fault, things still got done, but by having them set up with specific times I felt an affront when something upset those times.
This term I think I’ll do a mix of events/to-do lists each day. I’ll set up some time in the morning to coordinate calendars (something I had not done the last two terms…since going full time, the work calendar needs to coincide with google calendar), and coordinate to do lists. I will probably use the Echo for the to-do lists. That way I can just shout I’m done and it’ll check it off.
I’m hoping this way I can go with the appointments (meetings/tutoring sessions/doctor&dentist visits) to have actual time set aside each day, while the rest of the tasks will be to-do lists. This should allow me a little bit more leeway while helping ensure I don’t forget anything.
That’s kind of the problem with being busy with things you enjoy (teaching, programming, setting things up, data diving, etc.) is that a lot of things need to get taken care of…and it’s sometimes challenging to get things set up to work correctly. I may not be busier than I have previously (last summer, or the two years I was in two grad programs at once), but the stuff I’m doing now needs to be tracked more closely. It’s kind of good times, actually.
Sometimes I need to remind myself that other people can’t see clearly sometimes, even when the truth is right there in front of them. I was asked to come on board with a project, but I needed to see all the info first. I am going to have to tell him that there are only some alternatives, few of them that are actually good or hopeful now that I’ve actually seen the info. I have the feeling I’m going to have to be the ‘bad guy’ here.
*sigh* It’s something that needs to be done, honestly.
I get an enormous sense of satisfaction, still, when I pay bills on payday. After living my entire life with jobs about not knowing if I’d have enough to pay bills during the month, finally being able to do so and not worry about next payday is great.
I look back and am amazed that I never noticed the constant level of stress I was under working several different jobs to make ends meet.
Is the stuff dreams are made of. Literally. Especially the green Nyquil. Last night I couldn’t fall asleep because of the crud I’ve got. Tonight I’m going to battle it with a hot shower and a shot o’ Nyquil. Hopefully a good night’s sleep tonight.