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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Time Management

So, I went to my Time Management session today - a two hour workshop run by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, delivered for free thanks to the university's Life Skills program.

I thought it pretty ironic when, on leaving the session, I looked at my watch and realised that I'd just missed my 3pm lecture! (A lecture given by a charming, charismatic man who has written a few fantastic books which are available here for you to purchase right now. Make sure you tell him that Joseph sent you).

The presentation itself wasn't all that helpful. It was all common sense stuff: make lists, have long-term objectives etc. (For a copy of the PDFs text "TIME youremailaddress" to 85792 (UK only)). Some of the most innovative and practical tips actually came from other participants. I think the disappointment primarily stemmed from the fact that at the beginning of the session they asked for aspects of time management that we wanted to deal with. "Yep, they're all great suggestions, and I think we'll cover them all this afternoon" we were told. And then we didn't. Perhaps the most useful thing I learnt was 'Time management is 99% self-discipline', which is of course a made-up statistic, but it's been made up for a reason.

Despite this, it was a good kick up the bum. My time management will probably be great this week, and then disappear altogether at the weekend when I get my Mac back.

As you may have guessed, we're on a bit of a downer today. Poor *Twinkle* has had a
very high temperature for several days now, and being barely able to eat has lost over a kilo since she became ill last Friday.

Then there's having no music, no phone, no ability to look at photos. The sound works fine on this laptop when it comes to voicing Windows error messages, but other than that not a peep.

Anyway, I guess I'd best make use of this opportunity. I think I might go back to the library, it'll stop me moping.



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