We are dealing with hundreds of tasks for dozens of projects every week. We need to be organized or we will drown in chaos.
- It is not OK to forget about a task that someone assigned to you. Tasks are fire-and-forget. Always.
- It is not OK to scroll through hundreds of e-mails in your inbox every morning, trying to figure out what to do today.
The ressources below help.
Getting things done
Read the book (it's in our library)
At the end of the book you should have:
- A better understanding of how to organize yourself
- A habit of splitting any kind of task or project into actionable first steps
- A solid definition of "done"
- A to-do list you read and maintain every day (most of us use Holly)
- A calendar (Google Calendar with Chrome desktop notifications works great)
Discuss the points above with your mentor.
- Watch Merlin Mann's Inbox Zero talk.
- What did you take away from Merlin's talk?
- Consider disabling automatic e-mail checking in Thunderbird
Apply the tools you learned for the next four weeks, e.g. track the tasks you're given by your mentor or by this curriculum in lists and calendar.