My first post on here was a little bit about surviving procrastination and ways to avoid getting distracted and one of the tools I mentioned was effective use of planning/ planning devices.
I work much better under a little stress, so long deadlines are anathema to me. I just can’t get to grips with the ‘slow and steady’ need to be’ a tortoise not a hare’ mindset. When I started the end posts seemed impossibly long way away
where as now they seem improbably close!
I have a finite amount of time left in which to capitalise on my research and to write up my final thesis so this word ‘planning’ which everyone kept banging on about when I was a fresher is looming very large in my conscience and I am having to take a long hard look at how I structure my day! See there is another concept that I am ambivalent about – structure.
One major problem is – I have never really worked out what is the most effective form of planning!
I have tried using google calendars ( a suggestion made in one of my early researcher guide classes) to plan out blocks of time and schedule other events, it simply became yet one more thing on the to do list! I have had PDAs, phone apps and computer software all designed to ‘help me be more productive’ but I seem to spend more time figuring them out than actually putting them to good use and this usually results in me
flinging them across the room accompanied by lots of really bad sweaty words abandoning them in frustration, wondering why it is everyone else seems to have mastered ‘endnote’, ‘scrivener’, ‘evernote’ and the like. I ever bought a scanner pen to make note taking easier … but it was so temperamentally difficult I seemed to spend more time correcting faulting scans that I would have if I had simply written out the notes in the first place!
There is another thing I have never managed to master – effective note-taking!
I promised myself I would work through my ‘iMac for Dummies’ book in the summer months, because I know that the machine I am using is far cleverer than the person using it and it would be good to know how to work it properly
it might also explain why it occasionally does random things like scroll, or close windows when I have no idea what I’ve hit, I am sure this would help productivity no end. But that old devil procrastination got in the way!
So this is me putting my hands in the air and admitting – my name is Pimpernel and I am a shit planner!
So the schedule for this week is to get my new outline in to my supervisor, then spend the rest of the week devising a cunning plan (hopefully NOT of the Baldrick variety) in how to plan! I have the multicoloured gel pens and sticky tabs handy – which as any student knows are the essentials to good planning!
So any advice gratefully received!