June 17, 2008

The Mic is On: It’s About Time Management!

published this at 7:00 pm

It’s Like Open Mic Only Different

The Mic Is On

Here’s how it works.

It’s like any rambling conversation. Don’t try to read it all. Jump in whenever you get here. Just go to the end and start talking. EVERYONE is WELCOME.
The rules are simple — be nice.

There are always first timers and new things to talk about. It’s sort of half “Cheers” part “Friends” and part video game. You don’t know how much fun it is until you try it.

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Let’s start with:

And, we’ll talk about whatever else comes up, including THE EVER POPULAR, Basil the code-writing donkey . . . and flamenco dancing (because we always get off topic, anyway.)

Oh, and bring links about time management to share!

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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238 Comments to “The Mic is On: It’s About Time Management!”

  1. June 17th, 2008 at 7:02 pm
    Becky McCray said

    It’s time to start!

  2. June 17th, 2008 at 7:02 pm
    Joe said

    Did I manage my time properly?
    Am I first?

  3. June 17th, 2008 at 7:03 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hiya!
    Just in time!!

    My son is going to Machu Pichu this year too!!

  4. June 17th, 2008 at 7:03 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Hey Liz! Happy evening. I’m glad to get to participate tonight…a rarity for me.

    Some quick answers to your opening questions: I bill by the hour. I bill at a robust enough rate that I don’t lose money billing that way.

    I make time for what’s important by doing it first when I can (running first thing in the morning, for instance, or doing important projects first thing in the day), or scheduling it in my calendar and making it sacred.

  5. June 17th, 2008 at 7:03 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Hey! I’m on time. Hi Becky. Hi Liz.

  6. June 17th, 2008 at 7:03 pm
    Joe said

    Awwwww.:-( Becky beat me to the punch.
    I gotta look at my time management all over again.

  7. June 17th, 2008 at 7:03 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Hiya, Becky! I’d love to hear your thoughts on time management.

  8. June 17th, 2008 at 7:04 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Liz, wow! What a deal! I’ll share lots of pics to help get him excited. :)

  9. June 17th, 2008 at 7:05 pm
    Joe said
  10. June 17th, 2008 at 7:05 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Tammy!
    I like the way you think . . . and the way you bill!

  11. June 17th, 2008 at 7:06 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Machu Pichu. I hope he has the time of his life. :)

  12. June 17th, 2008 at 7:06 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Tammy, I’m the last person to talk time management. But I am off searching my archives to see if I ever thought I knew something!

  13. June 17th, 2008 at 7:07 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Rick!
    Congratulations on all of the things that have been filling up your time!

  14. June 17th, 2008 at 7:07 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Becky – I don’t buy that at all! :) You get too much cool stuff done not to have some insights.

    Liz, I suspect you’ve got incredible wisdom for us on this. Want to offer up a tidbit from your own coffers? How do you bill?

  15. June 17th, 2008 at 7:08 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Hey everyone, what a timely topic. Right now I’m frustrated with one commitment. Although it pays some, it is taking lots of time, so I have less time to focus on opportunities that might make more. Make sense?

  16. June 17th, 2008 at 7:09 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Joe,
    No worries. You’ve got everyone beat on comment management. :)

  17. June 17th, 2008 at 7:10 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Ok, let’s talk about good tools. I love Remember the Milk (http://www.rememberthemilk.com) and Backpack (http://www.backpackit.com) in tandem to manage time and projects. And I use FreshBooks (http://www.freshbooks.com) for invoicing.

    What do you all use and like? Why?

  18. June 17th, 2008 at 7:10 pm
    Trisha said

    Hello everyone!

  19. June 17th, 2008 at 7:11 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Thank you, Liz. The best one, my daughter getting married, is now over. The feeling of relaxation is overpowering.

  20. June 17th, 2008 at 7:11 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Tammy,
    My wisdom is slow in coming. I find it’s easiest to set prices based on what the work is worth, rather than time. Based on time means if I get good at something — faster and more efficient — I get paid less.

  21. June 17th, 2008 at 7:12 pm
    Becky McCray said

    This classic isn’t so much about time management as much as it is about FOCUS. I really should re-read and renew this idea:
    http://www.smallbizsurvival.com/2006/03/focus.html

    And speaking of renewing, everyone should read this gem by Jon Swanson:
    http://levite.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/renew-what-matters/

    Hmmmm… two links. I predict this will get held by the spam filter!

  22. June 17th, 2008 at 7:14 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Ha!
    Becky, it looks like Akismet was eavesdropping on you and let it through without a hitch.

  23. June 17th, 2008 at 7:14 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Liz, that’s interesting to me. If I get fast and good at something because I’ve done it a lot, I give my client the benefit of that and am sure to tell them. They get “off the shelf” value…but I can also take that work and personalize it to their particular needs, which many of them want me to do, so I don’t end up underselling by the hour. Maybe our different work arenas don’t compare well, though! Can you give me an example?

  24. June 17th, 2008 at 7:14 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Ha! How cool. Can’t believe it worked. Must be my going-away present. :)

  25. June 17th, 2008 at 7:14 pm
    Joe said

    Sent an invite to @duncanriley on Twitter to see if he’d like to join the convo.
    Hope ya don’t mind. ;-)

  26. June 17th, 2008 at 7:15 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Glenda,
    Are you having the time of your life?

  27. June 17th, 2008 at 7:16 pm
    Trisha said

    My computer isn’t working right, I’m going to come back a little later.

  28. June 17th, 2008 at 7:16 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Hello everyone! Time management is something that I absolutely have no skill at managing.

  29. June 17th, 2008 at 7:17 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Not at the moment, Liz.

  30. June 17th, 2008 at 7:17 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Hey Glenda, are you talking about the same gig that we share?

  31. June 17th, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Trisha! Bye Trisha!

  32. June 17th, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Is it fulfilling? Will it lead to more profitable work in the future? Are you happy with it?

  33. June 17th, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Becky, I like your focus post a lot. It reminded me that I set goals for the next day before I head out of the office each afternoon. I keep them front and center so I’m more likely to reach them. Never more than 1-2 big ones. Not tasks, goals. It mostly (but not always) works.

    Do you set goals for days or weeks or quarters or…?

  34. June 17th, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    On a day-to-day basis, one of the best time management techniques I’ve found is to just do one thing at a time. It’s more difficult than it seems with everything vying for our attention.

    The Delusion of Multitasking

  35. June 17th, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Hey, Karen, how are you?

  36. June 17th, 2008 at 7:19 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Ooops…getting dark here. Gotta go walk the dogs before the bears come out. Back in a few.

  37. June 17th, 2008 at 7:20 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Hi Tammy, I’m doing well, how are you?

  38. June 17th, 2008 at 7:22 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Karen, yep! I’ve been working on two posts for two days. Just published one and discovered the publish date was yesterday, when I first saved it, so it won’t show up in the New Posts list. What’s the point?

  39. June 17th, 2008 at 7:22 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hey Karen,
    How are you?!!
    Is that project with Glenda gaining speed?

  40. June 17th, 2008 at 7:24 pm
    Scot Herrick said

    Ah! The war between focus and trivial technology distractions is what time management is all about. Where’s Twitter?

  41. June 17th, 2008 at 7:25 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Tammy, I set annual goals, then use my general focus areas to try to remember what’s important. I need to improve! Time for that mid-year review, me thinks.

  42. June 17th, 2008 at 7:25 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Glenda,
    You can change the post date can’t you?

  43. June 17th, 2008 at 7:26 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Glenda, just cut and paste into a new post and delete the old one. I’ve done that before.

    Liz, the project is slow because of um, time management.

  44. June 17th, 2008 at 7:26 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Back in a bit, folks. I’ll finish this second post, then I might be in a better headspace to hang out with friends. Sorry.

  45. June 17th, 2008 at 7:26 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Scot!
    You could start a war by saying Twitter is trivial. (Though most might admit it’s a distraction.)

  46. June 17th, 2008 at 7:28 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    ooo, Karen, that’s sneaky. I love it.

  47. June 17th, 2008 at 7:30 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Glenda,
    That’s not sneaky. That’s creative problem solving at it’s best!

  48. June 17th, 2008 at 7:32 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    I’m a little frustrated by what I think of as Internet time.

    Folks say that they’ll help me learn something. These are folks I’ve helped in the past, soon as they ask. Then weeks go by and I still can’t find anyone who’s got the time to show me how. I hear “I can show you that in 20 minutes,” but they don’t.

  49. June 17th, 2008 at 7:35 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Scot, Liz, et al – Twitter is a distraction, yes. And addictive. I’ve started giving myself distraction prizes (like Twitter time) when I accomplish something I set out to. Just a stupid psych trick, but it seems to be working. Still get sucked into Twitter sometimes, though.

    Chris Brogan’s comment about Twitter at SOBCon helped me a lot. Someone asked him how he keeps track of the large number of folks he follows. His response was something like, “I don’t. I view it more as a stream that I plug into here and there.” It helped me because it taught me I don’t really need to go back pages and pages to see where conversations started. Now I just pick up where I enter and let the rest go.

    How do the rest of you manage the Twitter allure?

  50. June 17th, 2008 at 7:35 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Yesss, that worked. Thanks Karen! I’m feeling better now.

  51. June 17th, 2008 at 7:37 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Glenda masters time before our eyes!!

  52. June 17th, 2008 at 7:38 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Liz, do you think it’s because people really don’t feel they have the time or because they were probably exaggerating with the “20 minutes” estimate, and now they’re avoiding?

  53. June 17th, 2008 at 7:38 pm
    Joe said

    Question for all, do amy of you have open tabs for Twitter and/or Plurk Right Now?
    Is it good time mgt or a distraction from the convo at hand?

  54. June 17th, 2008 at 7:38 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Liz, that’s important stuff. And probably a symptom of a couple of underlying causes: they are inconsiderate, and just maybe you aren’t pushy enough??

  55. June 17th, 2008 at 7:39 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Tammy,
    I’m a lot like Chris on the Twitter thing. Sometimes I have it on and just look over. Sometimes I throw a comment in and forget to look for a response that might come back . . . On the weekends sometimes I go there to play.

  56. June 17th, 2008 at 7:39 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Glenda discovers time travel!

    Tammy – I’ve managed Twitter’s allure by not getting involved with it.:)

  57. June 17th, 2008 at 7:40 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Joe – No. I use Twhirl, which I only open up when I think I have time to Twitter. If I opened Twitter in another tab I’d have to wrestle — my — hands — away — arghhh!!! — from clicking on — that tab.

  58. June 17th, 2008 at 7:40 pm
    Marti said

    Good evening!

  59. June 17th, 2008 at 7:41 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Hi Marti!

  60. June 17th, 2008 at 7:41 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Tammy, I think of Twitter as water cooler chatter. I hear bits n pieces as I pass by during the day. But there’s no way I can stay all day or I’d get nothing done.

  61. June 17th, 2008 at 7:42 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    No problem, Glenda, I’ll send you the bill in the next email.

    Oh wait, dang, I owe you money for all the tips you gave me before! ;)

  62. June 17th, 2008 at 7:42 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    I love Twitter– I never had access to a water cooler before. :)

  63. June 17th, 2008 at 7:42 pm
    Marti said

    I’m afraid Twitter has become a casualty of my time management – LOL

  64. June 17th, 2008 at 7:42 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Hi Marti– how’s the hubby doing?

  65. June 17th, 2008 at 7:43 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Marti!
    Welcome back to the comments of your life!

  66. June 17th, 2008 at 7:45 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Yeah, a nifty time travel trick! Hmm, how often could I do that with one post? {evil grin}

  67. June 17th, 2008 at 7:46 pm
    Joe said

    Gotta take clothes out of the dryer, right back. :-)

  68. June 17th, 2008 at 7:46 pm
    Marti said

    Hi Karen (and everyone)

    Thanks for asking.

    Husband is seeing slow but steady progress. He is walking with a walker now, but the left arm is still pretty paralyzed. He has some movement from his shoulder but can’t use his hand. But we are hopeful it will come back with time.

    God bless all of you who have sent me encouraging notes and tweets.

  69. June 17th, 2008 at 7:46 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Karen, call it even!

  70. June 17th, 2008 at 7:47 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    OMG!! Do you think Joe’s been Nekked as a jaybird all of this time?!!

  71. June 17th, 2008 at 7:48 pm
    Marti said

    LOL re: Nekked Joe

  72. June 17th, 2008 at 7:51 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    re 47 Liz, what kinds of things do you need a hand learning? Perhaps we could use this time efficiently and cross a couple of things of your to-learn list tonight.

  73. June 17th, 2008 at 7:52 pm
    Joe said

    Funny! :-D

  74. June 17th, 2008 at 7:52 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    How to build a landing page on a WordPress blog.

  75. June 17th, 2008 at 7:52 pm
    Marti said

    Regarding time management, I find I have to actually write out a schedule – then stick to it, and give myself little rewards for sticking to it. For example, I told myself I could come to chat if I got the north side of the yard mowed (and I did, so here I am)

    :-)

  76. June 17th, 2008 at 7:53 pm
    Joe said

    Only took 4 comments to do that, it takes at least 10 to put clothes ON! ;-)

  77. June 17th, 2008 at 7:54 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Liz, what specifically do you need to know about building a landing page?

  78. June 17th, 2008 at 7:54 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Hey Marti, how are you doing? I was thinking of you yesterday while watching an interview with a dr who had a stroke. Quite insightful.

  79. June 17th, 2008 at 7:54 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Marti!
    That reward system thing works with just about everyone I know. I do it all of the time. I think some of the magic of it is that it gets us to chop big tasks into smaller ones.

  80. June 17th, 2008 at 7:55 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Tammy,
    I’ve got the copy. I need the tech.

  81. June 17th, 2008 at 7:56 pm
    Beth Kanter said

    I find that a lot of social media conversations can make me loose track of time. So, I time box. If the task is open-ended, I take out the kids’ old time out timer and set it for an hour or 15 minutes or whatever – do the open-ended task and when the bell goes off – try to stop.

    But I also give myself chunks of time to do the exploration, pivot browsing, serependity conversations that is social media ..

  82. June 17th, 2008 at 7:57 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Liz, in your WordPress, can you create a page vs a post?

  83. June 17th, 2008 at 7:57 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Beth!
    I like to do things to beat the clock. Maybe I’m a competitor at heart. :)

  84. June 17th, 2008 at 7:57 pm
    Joe said

    Liz, what ARE you looking for? It doesn’t sound like you are asking for something too difficult.

  85. June 17th, 2008 at 7:57 pm
    Marti said

    Thanks for asking, Glenda. I am hanging in there. I take it one day, sometimes one hour at a time. I have learned that I raised very resilient children, who are capable of propping me up when I am sinking. And that I have wonderful friends (like all of you!)

  86. June 17th, 2008 at 7:58 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Ok, Liz, I can probably help with the WordPress tech. What do you need to know?

  87. June 17th, 2008 at 7:59 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Tammy, let me go look at your site and I’ll tell you.

  88. June 17th, 2008 at 8:00 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    I also need experience behind some decisions I have to make.

  89. June 17th, 2008 at 8:01 pm
    Marti said

    Yes, Liz…breaking down tasks to smaller, manageable bites is SO important. The reward you promise yourself doesn’t have to be big, it can be a Klondike bar, or 10 minutes at Twitter.

  90. June 17th, 2008 at 8:02 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Liz, here’s a landing page as a sample, in case it’s helpful:

    http://conflictzen.com/events/twitter/

  91. June 17th, 2008 at 8:02 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Tammy,
    it’s too complicated for the comment box.

  92. June 17th, 2008 at 8:02 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Liz, there’s a check box somewhere in WP where you can select a page as the landing page.

    We did this with our IL HV blog, but I can’t remember exactly how we accessed that info…

  93. June 17th, 2008 at 8:02 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Marti, I’m only an email away if you ever need a shoulder. With your hubby, does he still have his speech and cognition? Is it mainly the physical that has been affected?

  94. June 17th, 2008 at 8:03 pm
    Joe said

    Liz,I don’t know if I can assist or not, but you know all you have to do is ask.

  95. June 17th, 2008 at 8:04 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Liz, call me. I’m at home. I’ll email you the number. I’m up late tonight because Rod’s taking the red-eye from Chi-town and not home ’til 1 a.m. I’ll be up at least another couple of hours.

  96. June 17th, 2008 at 8:06 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Karen,
    I know there is a place like that, but I cna’t remember either where it is or in what version it started.

  97. June 17th, 2008 at 8:07 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Marti, glad to hear that the hubby is recovering. Hope that the arm function improves.

  98. June 17th, 2008 at 8:08 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Karen,
    It’s on this Option page

    Reading Options
    Front PageFront page displays:
    Your latest posts

    A static page (select below)

  99. June 17th, 2008 at 8:09 pm
    Joe said

    Liz, on WP…
    Dashboard
    Options
    Reading
    Pick Static Page, but be sure the page exists already.
    I think it started on v2.5

  100. June 17th, 2008 at 8:11 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    thanks, Joe!
    I need to upgrade the blog I want to get this on.

  101. June 17th, 2008 at 8:13 pm
    Marti said

    Yes Glenda, his speech is almost perfect (the left side of his mouth droops just a bit) and his thinking is clear. They gave him memory tests and such and he did fine. It seems to be more motor skills than anything.

  102. June 17th, 2008 at 8:13 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    That’s it!

  103. June 17th, 2008 at 8:15 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    I think the static front page option started in version 2.1.

  104. June 17th, 2008 at 8:16 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Rick!
    Of course, the blog is on 2.0.3 :)

  105. June 17th, 2008 at 8:16 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Liz, are you wanting a static front page or a landing page?

  106. June 17th, 2008 at 8:17 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    THAT is good to hear, Marti. There are ways around the physical, tho its still a pain in the butt!

  107. June 17th, 2008 at 8:19 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    I’m wanting a landing page.
    I’m writing you an email right now.

  108. June 17th, 2008 at 8:19 pm
    Marti said

    Do many of you find you have an aversion to making lists and schedules, or do you embrace them?

  109. June 17th, 2008 at 8:20 pm
    Marti said

    Thank you Glenda! I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends.

  110. June 17th, 2008 at 8:21 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Marti – Loose lists and loose schedules work best for me. Anything more turns into a straitjacket.

  111. June 17th, 2008 at 8:21 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Marti, I make lists, but I think list-making is a stylistic thing.

    A few years ago my husband decided he’d start to make to-do lists like mine. About a week later I started finding weird globs in the bottom of the washing machine. We finally realized they were his to-do lists! He’d make a list, put it in his pocket, and never look at it again! He decided list-making was just not going to work for him. And the washing machine thanked him.

  112. June 17th, 2008 at 8:24 pm
    Marti said

    Rick – Loose lists sink ships (LOL)

    Tammy – the washing machine thanked him – that’s funny!

  113. June 17th, 2008 at 8:24 pm
    Joe said

    Marti, it’s hard to make a To-Do list when every call I get seems to be an emergency. Everyone thinks their problem is more important than someone elses. (but they don’t want to pay extra for it)

  114. June 17th, 2008 at 8:26 pm
    Marti said

    Joe, I can see your point. Setting priorities must be a constant battle.

    Oh darn, my phone is ringing, be back soon…..

  115. June 17th, 2008 at 8:26 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Joe, it sounds like you’re thinking of your to-do lists as static beings. I think of mine as organic and always changing, based on the re-prioritizing I do as clients call with pressing issues. I probably re-order my list several times a day.

  116. June 17th, 2008 at 8:28 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    One thing that works for me is to make a list of what I think I can accomplish in about 2/3 of a day. I know the rest will be taken up with other interruptions. If it’s not, I feel ahead of the game.

  117. June 17th, 2008 at 8:30 pm
    Joe said

    Marti, you are too funny/ :-D
    Tammy, you are probably right, I just find it difficult to prioritize sometimes. I keep answering the darn phone! ;-)

  118. June 17th, 2008 at 8:31 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Joe – that’s why they invented answering machines!

  119. June 17th, 2008 at 8:33 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Joe, that’s why your clients love you. You’re accessible. And helpful. It’s a curse, though, in some ways! ;)

  120. June 17th, 2008 at 8:34 pm
    Joe said

    You’re right Rick, but if someone’s computer crashes, the LAST thing they want to hear is my VM.

  121. June 17th, 2008 at 8:37 pm
    Joe said

    It’s tuff being a nice guy Tammy, but somebody’s gotta do it. ;-)

  122. June 17th, 2008 at 8:37 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    I have lists, but I can’t find them.

  123. June 17th, 2008 at 8:37 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    I am with Rick on loose – maybe that is why I generally feel like I’m drowning. I had an organizer figured out in excel that worked pretty well – til I got too busy to keep it up or something.

    For me, most of that stuff is in my head because it takes me so much time and energy to write it all down and track it. I know what I want/need to do each day. It’s when things take much longer than I thought and then I get behind of my schedule. That is when I get frustrated and have a meltdown.

  124. June 17th, 2008 at 8:38 pm
    Joe said

    Karen, I have plenty of extras I never had time to get to, want some?

  125. June 17th, 2008 at 8:39 pm
    Marti said

    OK, grandma just got un-prioritized – LOL
    (reminding me for the fifth time today that she has a doctor appointment in the morning.)

    Yup, got it grandma, bye…LOL

  126. June 17th, 2008 at 8:40 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    ah, Karen, still dealing with office organization thing? ;) Clutter – another time zapper.

  127. June 17th, 2008 at 8:41 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Clutter in the mind and on the desk . . . slows us down.

  128. June 17th, 2008 at 8:42 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Marti, I guess grandmas always have to come first. When I was a little kid the New York State police were always bringing my grandmother home…after picking her up for hitchhiking. My mother would have to stop whatever she was doing to explain to the officer that gran liked hitchhiking and the if he wanted her to stop, he’d have to figure out how to convince her. She lived to be 89, hitchhiking almost daily. Maybe the grandma you mentioned could hitchhike to her doctor appointment … ?!

  129. June 17th, 2008 at 8:43 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Marti, at least she remembered. ;)

  130. June 17th, 2008 at 8:43 pm
    Joe said

    Glenda, I have a way of dealing with clutter.
    I get out of the “office” and sit outside in the sunshine (or in this case, the Tiki lamps) with the Lappy! ;-)

  131. June 17th, 2008 at 8:44 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    As you say Joe, everyone thinks their problem is the most important thing in the world, and to them, it is. But if they don’t want to pay for the privilege of having their problem treated as the emergency they think it it, you’re doing a disservice to your other customers who were already ahead of them in line and to yourself in terms of loosing time due to continual task switching.

    I’m not saying never answer the phone, but if you’re already involved in income producing labor, it costs you money to do so.

  132. June 17th, 2008 at 8:44 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Although Liz, I know where everything on my desk is.

  133. June 17th, 2008 at 8:44 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Joe, I have a way of dealing with clutter too. It’s called my husband’s home office. Where he can clutter to his heart’s content.

  134. June 17th, 2008 at 8:44 pm
    Charlene said

    Hi all. There are some Virgos in the office who are great at list making and management. Me, a Cancer, I’m not so good at lists.

  135. June 17th, 2008 at 8:45 pm
    Marti said

    Karen, I started making my lists on index cards because my purse has a little pocket they fit in. Plus it forces me to break things down more. Which is good, because a shorter list is easier to finish and feel that wonderful sense of accomplishment from.

  136. June 17th, 2008 at 8:46 pm
    jes said

    Wow this is great! I’m absolutely horrible at tracking my time. There’s a song where “minutes turn to hours into days and weeks, months” and before you know it POOF it’s all a blur anyway.

    DAYDREAMING and Technology (mail, podcasts, social websites, blogs) is where I lose it. My issue is just starting. So I have Dr. Neil Fiore’s “The Now Habit” & David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” on referral by Merlin Mann at 43folders.com. Yet my issue is Starting.

    Oh and Julie Morgenstern & her daughter Jessie have a great book for teens on organizing. Helps me greatly! http://tinyurl.com/3lcc3p

    ok the vicious cycle’s starting. going to pzizz myself to sleep. i’ll catch up later…maybe..oh, indecisiveness.

    It’s all medical..

  137. June 17th, 2008 at 8:46 pm
    Sprite said

    Hi Liz!

    You mean time management, like when I’m in a multi-tasking frenzy, .. or like now, when I ate 2 cream puffs instead of one so I wouldn’t have to waste time later to come back & eat the other? *grins**hugs*

    Depending on what I’m doing, I bill by the piece of work or by the minute.

  138. June 17th, 2008 at 8:46 pm
    Charlene said

    Does anyone put something they’ve already done on the to-do list just to experience the thrill of crossing it off? :-)

  139. June 17th, 2008 at 8:46 pm
    Melissa Perce said

    Ha! Anyone who knows me online knows that I mark time on twitter. If I can go back through my archive, I can remember what I’ve done, need to get done, and things that I’m interested in possibly doing. If it weren’t for twitter, my day would be marked by when my children are awake, asleep, playing and bathing!

  140. June 17th, 2008 at 8:48 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    The index cards are a great idea, Marti, ala the hipster pda

  141. June 17th, 2008 at 8:49 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Joe, I’ll pass– I’m drowning with Glenda. :)

  142. June 17th, 2008 at 8:49 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Jon Swanson is doing a post on index cards tomorrow! It will be at http://levite.wordpress.com/

  143. June 17th, 2008 at 8:50 pm
    Marti said

    Oh Tammy, your grandma sounds like a hoot! (Although I’m sure your mother didn’t see it that way – LOL)

    Sadly, I am grandma’s keeper…errr…caregiver. She has Parkinson’s. But with gas prices, we may both start hitchhiking – LOL

    Your grandma sounds like ripe material for a memoir….

  144. June 17th, 2008 at 8:50 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Now see, Marti, I can’t find index cards…

  145. June 17th, 2008 at 8:51 pm
    Joe said

    Rick, I recently started a “retainer” service where they actually feel they have the right to 24/7 service.
    Not the case, but that’s what they think (and I already have their money) so I DO have to take some of those calls. Most are solved in one sentence answers, so it’s not always a problem now. :-)

  146. June 17th, 2008 at 8:51 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    I’ve got so much clutter in my head that my brain hurts.

  147. June 17th, 2008 at 8:52 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Sorry to Jes, Sprite, and Melissa, You comments got caught in the spam filter. Have no understanding why.

    Welcome if you’re still out there!

  148. June 17th, 2008 at 8:53 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Charlene!
    How’s your time flying by?

  149. June 17th, 2008 at 8:53 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    ‘night folks. Thanks for the fun and conversation.

  150. June 17th, 2008 at 8:54 pm
    Charlene said

    Liz – you are on my to do list for tomorrow (grin). For now, running outta battery power so have to sign off I’m afraid. Good luck to everyone who bills by the hour (or minute) and I love the g-ma memoir idea!

  151. June 17th, 2008 at 8:55 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Tammy, good night. Thanks for asking such great questions.

  152. June 17th, 2008 at 8:55 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Thank you, Tammy.
    You gave me more information than anyone has in weeks . . .

  153. June 17th, 2008 at 8:55 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    Marti, my mom did write a story about it before she (mom) passed away: Great Great Grandma, Where Are You?

  154. June 17th, 2008 at 8:55 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Good night, Tammy.

  155. June 17th, 2008 at 8:56 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Karen, Darrell has found electronic post-its that “stick” to his desktop. Would that help?

  156. June 17th, 2008 at 8:56 pm
    Tammy Lenski said

    You’re welcome, Liz. Call me tomorrow morning if you still have questions. I’ll be home. I wouldn’t offer if I didn’t mean it.

  157. June 17th, 2008 at 8:57 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    I have AOL reminders that I use– they pop up. Problem is, I don’t use it all the time!

  158. June 17th, 2008 at 8:58 pm
    Rick Cockrum said

    Bye Charlene.

    I’m off, too. Thank you all. It’s good to see everyone again.

    You have a good problem to have, Joe. :)

    Good night, Liz. Thank you for the evening.

  159. June 17th, 2008 at 8:58 pm
    Marti said

    Thanks for the link, Rick – that’s a great article!

    Karen, step one is to get a purse with a pocket inside.

    Step two is to buy index cards.

    Step three is to buy a pencil with an eraser.

    Step four is to place the cards and pencil in the pocket.

    Step five is to write notes to yourself on the cards and keep them in the pocket.

    Step six is to read and follow the notes.

    Step seven is to reward yourself every time you finish a task on a notecard.

    Becky, that is awesome, I will look for Jon’s post!

    Goodnight Tammy – great chatting with you!

  160. June 17th, 2008 at 8:58 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    There’s always writing on your hand, Karen!

  161. June 17th, 2008 at 8:59 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Goodnight, Rick!

  162. June 17th, 2008 at 9:00 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Bye Charlene!
    Bye Rick!
    Glad to have you here again!

  163. June 17th, 2008 at 9:01 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    G’night Rick.

  164. June 17th, 2008 at 9:02 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    #163!!
    Great comment Glenda!

  165. June 17th, 2008 at 9:02 pm
    Marti said

    Bye Rick, always a delight to chat with you.

  166. June 17th, 2008 at 9:03 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Ok Marti, now I have to go find my purse!

  167. June 17th, 2008 at 9:05 pm
    Marti said

    Best wishes to you Karen!
    :-)

  168. June 17th, 2008 at 9:08 pm
    Joe said

    Liz, is that right, #comment 1002643?
    That’s an awful LOT of comments! ;-)

  169. June 17th, 2008 at 9:08 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Karen!
    I have to go find money to buy a purse. :)

  170. June 17th, 2008 at 9:09 pm
    Marti said

    I think making it part of your routine is the hardest thing. I had to force myself to set a time of day (for me first thing in the morning) to check the bank balance, make lists, pay bills, etc. It is a habit after a week or so of “forcing” yourself to do it.

  171. June 17th, 2008 at 9:12 pm
    Marti said

    Liz, check your local thrift store for a fabulous vintage purse. Saves money and recycles!

  172. June 17th, 2008 at 9:13 pm
    Joe said

    Most of my list is not even a list, it has just become a habit. Most of it has to do with just waking up in the morning and seeing what needs to be addressed through the day.
    After I am awake is when I need a list of priorities.
    But it is also when the calls start.
    Maybe I should make a list for clients to follow?

  173. June 17th, 2008 at 9:14 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Routine is important to time management. So is fitting the time of day and your energy kevel to the tasks you’re working on.

  174. June 17th, 2008 at 9:14 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Liz, I thought you were a six-figure blogger! ;)

  175. June 17th, 2008 at 9:15 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Marti, you pay bills every morning? Boy, I don’t have that much money! Once a month is tough enough.

  176. June 17th, 2008 at 9:16 pm
    Becky McCray said

    I like the advice to set aside time each evening to create the 6 Most Important Things List for the *next* day. When I used it, I found it worked. Why, I wonder, am I not using it now? ;)

  177. June 17th, 2008 at 9:18 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Karen!
    You confuse me with Mr. Rowse.
    Strauss, Rowse. I know they sound alike, but they’re not. :)

  178. June 17th, 2008 at 9:19 pm
    Marti said

    Oh Glenda, you are in quite good form tonight! No, it only feels like there is a bill to pay every day – LOL! But I do keep a list of when they come due, and I mark each one as “paid” when it is. Plus I can budget for the upcoming ones.

  179. June 17th, 2008 at 9:21 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Becky,
    If I had to do 6 things every day, I think I’d give it up before I start. I’ll only commit to three at tops.

  180. June 17th, 2008 at 9:21 pm
    Marti said

    Becky, making it a habit is the most difficult part…..

    Give yourself a reward for every day you do it.


    Liz, LOL on Strauss/Rowse

  181. June 17th, 2008 at 9:26 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    It’s making a promise to yourself to keep up with a plan you to make.

  182. June 17th, 2008 at 9:30 pm
    Marti said

    Well folks, time for me to turn in. Gotta prioritize sleep too – LOL

    Thank you all for your warm thoughts and prayers, and for all of the great tips on time management.

    May peace and joy bless all of your lives.

    Hugs and love….

  183. June 17th, 2008 at 9:31 pm
    Becky McCray said

    Good night, Marti. Always great to see you. All the best to you, and your loved ones.

  184. June 17th, 2008 at 9:32 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Marti, that still sounds like too much work and too much focus on bills. I stick them in a folder as they arrive, pay them at one time, and file done. And check the balance twice a month before the mortgage come out – plus a few more times if necessary.

    But, really, it comes down to whatever method works for you. For Karen, it may be post-its on her forehead for her kids to remind her! ;)

  185. June 17th, 2008 at 9:32 pm
    Trisha said

    anyone still here?

  186. June 17th, 2008 at 9:32 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    LOL Liz, you’ll catch up to that Rowse guy one day soon. :)

  187. June 17th, 2008 at 9:33 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Glenda, all of my bills are auto-pay for that reason–I would forget to pay them!

  188. June 17th, 2008 at 9:33 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Good night, Marti!

  189. June 17th, 2008 at 9:34 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Trisha!
    How’s that computer!

  190. June 17th, 2008 at 9:34 pm
    Marti said

    You are right Glenda. Each person has to find a system that works for them. Thanks again for everything!

    G’night!

  191. June 17th, 2008 at 9:36 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hey Karen,
    I forget to pay them too. :)

  192. June 17th, 2008 at 9:36 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Oh gosh, Karen, I’m starting to wonder about you! Now I understand about the ebook.

  193. June 17th, 2008 at 9:36 pm
    Joe said

    Yet another Tuesday Night
    Where I learned really useful stuff

    And got much more than I gave
    Which leaves me in a position so tuff

    Paying back the friends that do give
    With such vim and vivor and added fluff

    This is why I am here each week
    Because these friends give more than enough

    And when stupid questions are asked
    They are not the least bit gruff

    But will always be there
    For each and every one of us.

    Burma Shave

    Nite Liz
    Nite All

  194. June 17th, 2008 at 9:36 pm
    Trisha said

    It was a couple of blogspot blogs that I had open.. I closed them and then everything started working fine

  195. June 17th, 2008 at 9:38 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    G’night Joe.

  196. June 17th, 2008 at 9:38 pm
    Trisha said

    the weather was so perfect here tonight I kept wanting just to go outside and so something, but I didn’t know what

  197. June 17th, 2008 at 9:38 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Good night, Joe
    sleepy swell!!

  198. June 17th, 2008 at 9:38 pm
    Trisha said

    ‘do’ something that was supposed to be

  199. June 17th, 2008 at 9:39 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hey Trisha,
    Glad it was just blogspot misbehaving not something more serious.

  200. June 17th, 2008 at 9:41 pm
    Trisha said

    me too, this computer is too new to have problems already

  201. June 17th, 2008 at 9:41 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Yeah, Glenda, now you know a bit more about me– scary, isn’t it?

  202. June 17th, 2008 at 9:41 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    That’s what I was thinking — that you just bought it.

  203. June 17th, 2008 at 9:44 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    Hi Liz, hi everyone! ;)

    Time is of the essence! How do you manage it when you have gazillion of things to do? =)

    Here’s a quote:
    Samuel Smiles – “The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.”

  204. June 17th, 2008 at 9:44 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Very scary, Karen! Tho I sense you aren’t quite that bad.

  205. June 17th, 2008 at 9:46 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Meikah!
    Time to see you! Yea!!

  206. June 17th, 2008 at 9:49 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    Is blogspot also in trouble? I thought it’s TypePad. Got an email from them today explaining their downtime.

  207. June 17th, 2008 at 9:53 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Typepad has been taking up a lot of people’s time lately. They’ve been as hard on folks as Twitter has been with being down.

  208. June 17th, 2008 at 10:00 pm
    Trisha said

    Plurk is down! You should see the picture they have instead of the silly birds lifting the whale thing! Its silly too, but in a different way

  209. June 17th, 2008 at 10:01 pm
    Karen Putz / DeafMom said

    Goodnight everyone! Sister just arrived and I forgot she was coming over!

  210. June 17th, 2008 at 10:02 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi Trisha,
    The whole Internet is a little silly these days, isn’t it?

  211. June 17th, 2008 at 10:02 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Good night, Karen,
    Thanks for being here!

  212. June 17th, 2008 at 10:03 pm
    Trisha said

    yes, it is! at least with plurk it sounds like it was a planned thing

  213. June 17th, 2008 at 10:07 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Ok, thanks to Karen sneaky time travel trick, tomorrow morning’s post is ready to republish [why can't we set the publish date?]. So, if tonight I write this morning’s post about lunch with @tojosan last Thursday, and tomorrow morning research blogs carnivals, which was Monday afternoon’s task, then I’m all caught up!

    Nothing wrong with my time management!

    The bottom line is do what is most important to you in that moment and let the rest go.

    On that note, time for supper – last night’s leftovers.

    Thanks Liz.

  214. June 17th, 2008 at 10:07 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Plurk is the most fun of all I think!

  215. June 17th, 2008 at 10:15 pm
    Trisha said

    plurk is fun, but I don’t think as easy to use as twitter

  216. June 17th, 2008 at 10:17 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Trisha,
    I’ve decided that Plurk and Twitter appeal to people who think different ways. I find Twitter boring and very linear.

  217. June 17th, 2008 at 10:22 pm
    Trisha said

    I don’t think I’ve seen you on plurk. Have you used twirl?

  218. June 17th, 2008 at 10:22 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    Hi Liz, thanks! Yeah time to see me indeed! =) Tho am late again because of our time difference.

    Am now at Plurk and Twitter, but I get an error message when I try to plurk. Hmmm wonder what’s happening? Seems like everybody is experiencing a downtime!

  219. June 17th, 2008 at 10:27 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Someone is breaking the Internet on a regular basis these days!

  220. June 17th, 2008 at 10:28 pm
    Melissa Perce said

    Plurk is a website I actaully have to work at getting all the updates. I am forced to spend time there if I want to know what’s going on. Where as twitter I can just click a few buttons and see if I missed anything. It’s a time thing for me. I have 2.5 seconds to check on “socializing for work” before one of my kids does something drastic. Twitter makes it easy and fast.

  221. June 17th, 2008 at 10:31 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Ah Melissa,
    Unplug. Conversations in a bar never get caught up completely. Pretend Plurk is a barroom talking. :)

  222. June 17th, 2008 at 10:38 pm
    Melissa Perce said

    Got my drink in hand!

  223. June 17th, 2008 at 10:40 pm
    Trisha said

    yeah, I rarely actually check updates with it.

  224. June 17th, 2008 at 10:43 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    when I check updates on Plurk, I only check those for myplurks and my friends.

  225. June 17th, 2008 at 10:43 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    Liz, you’ve described Plurk right on the dot! It’s like a barroom where you can hear everyone talking, and you can go around join in as many conversations as you want. =)

    It just takes a bit of getting used to, though, unlike Twitter where it’s more linear.

  226. June 17th, 2008 at 10:47 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    It’s been days since I’ve been to Plurk. I’ve probably lost all of my karma. People have been asking me to join hi5 this week.

  227. June 17th, 2008 at 10:58 pm
    Meikah Delid said

    Hi, Liz! how do we time manage with all these social networking invites! =)

    I have had a hi5 account for 3 years now, but I have not gone there for 2.5 years! hahaha

  228. June 17th, 2008 at 11:01 pm
    Trisha said

    I’ve never even heard of that one

  229. June 17th, 2008 at 11:09 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    I never heard of it either, Trisha. Suddenly, a bunch of folks are checking it out. :)

  230. June 17th, 2008 at 11:24 pm
    Trisha said

    I remember stumbleupon years ago. Someone added my site to it, way before social networking/media/bookmarking were even terms being used. I could kick myself for not checking into the site further back then.

  231. June 17th, 2008 at 11:38 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Yeah, I reviewed it when it first came out and thought it was sort of lame. Still think was lame when it started.

  232. June 17th, 2008 at 11:47 pm
    Trisha said

    Are you usually up this late on your computer?

  233. June 17th, 2008 at 11:56 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Hi,
    I work a lot. :)
    But I really need to pack it in soon. Early morning meeting down the street. :)

  234. June 17th, 2008 at 11:58 pm
    Trisha said

    I usually try to shut down by this time too, otherwise its hard for me to sleep.

  235. June 18th, 2008 at 12:00 am
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Good night, then!
    Sweet dreams!

  236. June 18th, 2008 at 1:19 am
    Meikah Delid said

    I don’t like hi5 that much that was why I didn’t pursue it.

    Well, yeah I know it’s late there already. Here in my
    side of the world, it’s still afternoon. =)

    Have a good night!

  237. June 18th, 2008 at 11:38 pm
    Suzie Cheel said

    Interesting I forgot this yesterday, my excuse- Des’s Birthday. See you nect week and will put it in the diary

  238. July 25th, 2008 at 12:33 pm
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