#blogjune: post 20: Schedule to get more done

Prompted by Oliver Burkeman’s Guardian column over the weekend, I’ve decided to be more disciplined in my scheduling. I know this works for me, particularly when I use something like the pomodoro technique. But all too often I opt for the easy, unstructured option of pulling a list of to do items together. Add in some things already done, so I can tick those off & feel like I’ve achieved something. Then pick the things I want to do, thus avoiding what I consider to be the hard things. Which once I do aren’t that hard at all. Case in point right now, as I’m compiling this post instead of finishing off my CILIP Update President’s column.
I’ll persevere this week with adopting a more scheduled approach & will hope it means I’m more productive.

#blogjune: post 21: My work/home set up q & a

As a participant in #blogjune I’m creating a post to answer the 4 questions for answering on 21 June that Paul Hagon  posted on behalf of Dan Bogan of The Setup .

  1. Who are you, and what do you do?

I’m Kate Arnold, currently I am CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) President, and my day job is Information Services Development Manager at The Francis Crick Institute in London. The Crick is a biomedical research institute in central London. I’m responsible for developing the information services for researchers.

   2. What hardware do you use?

At work I spend my day in a hot desk environment and have a Dell laptop, which I’ve failed to get the specification of for this post.

At home I use a MacBook Pro 13-inch, Mid 2012 with 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory with Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB.

I also have an iPhone 6 16GB which I’ve been writing most of my #blogjune posts on and then loading them up on my MacBook Pro.

3. And what software?

I use Office at both work and home using Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Visio and Outlook. My personal email is Yahoo.

I use Dropbox and Evernote for my personal files, particularly as I can use them whenever I want and with whichever device I want.

Productivity wise, I’ve tried using some task lists but have now opted for pen and paper and am a big fan of low tech bullet journal.

Twitter is my main social media tool, but I also use LinkedIn and Instagram.

I use Skype to talk with family and friends and Webex and Gotomeeting to attend online meetings.

4. What would be your dream setup?

I’m pretty happy to work in most locations, although I find coffee shop atmosphere is very conducive to productive times when I need to focus. I do like to be within easy access of colleagues particularly when working on collaborative projects as I like to float ideas off of others.

#blogjune post 12: Organising my time and tasks: the joys of bullet journals

I decided to concentrate today’s post on organising my time & tasks. I’ve been using bullet journal for the last 14 months & love it. I noticed an article in this week’s Observer newspaper on the rise of bullet journals which got me thinking about my use of them.

I initially heard about bullet journals from Jo Alcock’s blog post. I was looking for a simple way to organise my tasks that would allow me to use both analogue and digital devices. Bullet journals let me keep track of what I need to do and what I’ve done. If I don’t have my bullet journal with me I simply make a note on my phone and then transfer it at a later date.
Have read Jo’s comments on bullet journals I followed this up with a few You Tube videos & many hours on Pinterest. I then took the plunge & started using it on a daily basis.
I quickly learnt to value the contents list at the start (what you’d expect from a librarian) as a way of keeping track of my thoughts & tasks in the notebook.
It’s good for keeping ideas in one place, like lists (or collections as they’re known in bullet journal parlance) of films, exhibitions or plays I want to see. Then ticking them off once I’ve seen them, or scratching them through if I decided not to see them. Plus I appreciate having details of my crafting accomplishments in one place. A log of achievements for the year.
The month task log  & day logs are a great way for organising my time. Over the last year I’ve begun to notice what tasks I procrastinate over & prioritise these to get them done quicker; there’s still room for improvement there.