I am the first to admit I am losing my short term memory. Abandoning a thought will probably mean it will never come back. When one does it is a cause for jubilation even if the thought that returns is that I need to have my teeth cleaned. So when I lost my “To Do” list last week it was cause for great angst and concern. So that you don’t get financially concerned, we are not talking about a list embedded on an expensive Blackberry type gadget. I am talking about a small pad with coffee stains on it. Great thoughts, big ideas and grocery lists were on that list, none of which I remember. So I had to start a new list and it’s not half bad. It is probably better than the old list since it is shorter and less to remember. I can cross tasks off this list with the same joy as any of the other lists I have lost.In the spirit of changing these bad habits, I sought the truth and just happened on the San Francisco Library book sale. There, calling to me from the $1.00 table was, “How to Get More Done in Less Time” by Joseph D. Cooper, which came out in 1962. Under the heading, “How to Get Through A Day”, the suggestions go something like this:
The Morning. (5-7am) Rise, wash and contrive day’s business; prosecute the present study and breakfast.
The question is, What good shall I do this day?
Noon. Read and dine
Evening (6-9) Put things in their places. Supper. Music, diversion of conversation. Examination of the day
Not a bad way to look at it. My “To Do” list, although still not found, is amended.
Webinars are a wonderful show. You can look at powerpoint or videos; hear a speaker and chat all at the same time. That doesn’t even include what you might be doing concurrently on your Blackberry or cell phone or other computer. As the “content” of a recent webinar sponsored by Intercall, I was the Wizard behind the curtain, clicking on slides, watching the chats, talking on the phone and drinking a latte at the same time. Intercall did a great job of hosting and had hundreds of their customers on asking about New Years Resolutions and how to be more effective in the workplace.
New experiences are always good. Almost always. I had a new one this week.
A global conference call was scheduled this week with a very prestigous organization. The content was me. The content was me talking about how, in the middle of January, resolutions still count. The idea is that even though we may all have fallen off the wagon or stopped our exercise regimen, there are other easy resolutions to keep. Those resolutions include ending meetings when you say you will and stop answering your cell phone when you are in the bathroom. One of my resolutions is to never be late. It’s a great topic to start the year for this global conference call. The call was to start at 10am.
At 8:05 am while dropping the kids off at school I received a call from the conference call moderator. She said everyone is on the call and waiting for me. I said it started at 10 and she said yes, 10 central time in the US.
Options: I am on the cell phone in my car with a fairly bad connection. Do I take the call there with no notes and no prep? Or, do I race home, 10 minutes and get on a land line with my notes in front of me. Plus, I had to go to the bathroom.