Thursday, October 23, 2014

Putting Things Off Until You Can't

Stephen Covey (and many many others) uses a quadrant system for productivity. On one axis is
importance, and on the other, urgency.

The urgent stuff has a way of taking our lives, whether or not it's actually important. Sometimes we never get to that yellow quadrant because we're putting out fires in 1 and 3.

This year I've been taking a webinar-based class, with case study homeworks for each session. It's useful material, and yet I had a hard time getting to the homework amidst the other pieces of life.

So now we're two weeks out from the deadline for turning in all coursework, and I've got about a third of the work left to do. This is a great improvement over a week ago, when I had two-thirds of the work left to do*.

And yet I know I'll need to find some time to just turn off everything else and concentrate on the homework. After another major work event... and this Project Runway finale.

*Quite honestly, I couldn't fess up to this issue until after I talked with others in the class AND I made some headway.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Just because you can...doesn't mean you should.

Oh, Blacklist.
Having an episode THIS WEEK about a plague spreading globally? This might be exciting television, but it is not responsible in the current climate of fear and panic.


And of course, they can kill thousands of faceless people, and then find some simple way to stop the flow and everything is miraculously fixed.

Writers can fix anything, can't they?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


It appears that my voice-recognition software is not as much of a time saver as I thought it would be.  Any ideas what I meant to say here?

universal is in disney big dreams for what could be a kiss me hope to know the great thing searchable deserve it it is a face tradition about getting your house your hamster dance sometimes get your heart broken continuing on hope your world

Monday, October 20, 2014

Restraint, Of A Sort

Last year I came home from this work conference with nearly two dozen books. This year I only brought home six books.

Mostly because I have a bunch of last year's reading left to do.
And I wasn't checking any luggage today.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ready For Home

I like hotel beds and seeing my colleagues and learning things, but I also enjoy
*My own bed
*My own shower
*Having toiletries in sizes over 3.3 ounces
*Fresh fruits and veggies whenever I want them
*The six things I forgot to pack

(Home tomorrow evening, if all goes as planned)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Half-formed Thoughts

Professional conferences mean lots of new ideas forming in my head, but none of them are especially ready for articulating.

So instead, amusing link--

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sweet Traditions

Whenever I go on a trip, my son sneaks a stuffed animal into my suitcase. I then take pictures of said animal around the hotel/conference center/tourist spot.

I could say that this started when my son was very very young--maybe even that it was his beloved toy coming along.  But no, this just started a few years ago--if he wasn't a teen already, he was definitely a tween.

The first time it was a surprise that he had done such a thing, and I was touched. Then he did it again and it became something of a tradition. Now I make sure to mention that I have finished packing, just in case he wants to sneak something in.

I found Mr. Turtle (pictured above) before I left home this trip--I considered changing him out, as he's already been on a trip to D.C. with me AND he is not small or squishy enough to slip inside a purse or pocket. But that didn't seem fair to my son, who had already left for school.

Maybe I'll make a maximum dimensions statement, just like the airlines...