Visualizing the Workload

Time is of the essence in my world. Knowing what has to be done with company work, household work and learning time with Lydia is critical. Priorities can get clouded when tasks and due dates start to logjam. Depending on my mood, the logjam can make me feel terrible. I limit that feeling by using simple tools and communicating well with my customers, employees and my wife.

Before my daughter was born my strategy was very simple: I would keep working until the work was done or I had to sleep. Sixteen- hour workdays were the norm. air jordan 3 That strategy is not realistic in my life today.

To help me maximize the time I do have, the most effective tool I have found is free and easy to use: My wife Courtney and I share an online Google Calendar. We can each enter appointments, tasks and priorities, and can make additions and changes on the fly from our phones or computers. Absolutely everything that needs to be done is there, from checking fire alarms to birthdays to company meetings to doctor appointments, etc.

The calendar has a note section where I can remind myself (or where my wife can remind me — thanks, Google!) of where I left off or what needs to be done. I get an email whenever a task comes due, so I don’t even need to look at the calendar to know if I’m on target with a deadline. If I can’t get to something around the house then I can ask Courtney to take it over.

I probably look at our calendar ten times a day, moving things that are not as high of a priority to the future, and isolating the most important things to get done now. When I feel I may miss a due date with a customer, I am able to inform them as far ahead of time as possible.

As I peruse my calendar for this week I can air jordan 1 femmes see that Friday through Sunday are going to be very limited work days for me. Courtney’s company’s summer party is Friday. On Saturday we have a guest coming from out of town and I have a bachelor party to attend. It’s going to be a very fun weekend, but with one glance at our Google Calendar I know ahead of time that I really only have Monday through Thursday for business tasks.

Now I can compensate and front-load my week with work.