Monday, July 27, 2009

How organized are you?

I discovered, when I left town for nine days, that I wasn't as organized as I thought I was. I had scheduled blog postings ahead of time. The wi-fi that I had counted on at the hotel where I was staying was down almost all the time. I couldn't retrieve emails or post. Later, I found a different area of the conference center where I could have gone, but by the time I found out about it, it was too late for that week.

Now that I'm back, and have been back for a week, I find that although the organizing for the week I was gone was sufficient, I neglected to allow for the time that it took for all the work that piled up during the week I was gone.

So now, I'm still behind a few days, but I've managed to clear hundreds of emails, and worked on some editing of my work in process. Friends who attended the conference have already found me on Facebook. I have to admit, I haven't had the time to search for all the conference attendees there or on Twitter.

So here's what I should have done: Be organized enough to schedule events while gone, AND for the week following. I should have checked ahead of time at the conference center as to the availability of wi-fi for computers and how to print things out. I had a writing assignment from my mentor, and I had to put it on my computer and not print it out!

Because I do the household budget, much of it online, I was up the proverbial creek without a paddle. I ended up calling my husband and telling him over the phone how to take care of the bills (I had the budget on an excel spreadsheet on my computer). That was interesting and took up all my free time for that day.

It would have also been good to really check out the conference schedule to realize how little free time I had. The Highlights Foundation people were good about scheduling every moment of our busy days chock full of learning opportunities. If I had realized, I would have made more arrangements before leaving.

Check out my blog on Friday to see what I learned from one of my classes!


Morgan Mandel said...

I am so disorganized! I have lots of lists all over the place and when I find them I tackle at least one item.

Morgan Mandel

Donna McDine said...


Fantastic tip to schedule posting for the first week back from time away. Makes a lot of sense.

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