Monday, February 27, 2017
Time and project management, the old-fashioned way
I grew up learning to manage my time and activities the old-fashioned way, using pen, pencil and paper. Even Gantt charts were not widely used outside formal project management circles. I later became a project manager in the IT industry, among other hats I wore during my commercial career, where I became familiar with specialized software to help control time and activities; but I never found any one program or package that did everything the way I wanted. I always had to adapt myself to the software, rather than the other way around. Later, artificial intelligence was applied to some software development tools, supposedly 'helping' to manage the development life cycle better; but again, they made you fit their needs, rather than vice versa.
Now, as a private individual with simpler needs, I no longer bother with project management disciplines and software; but there are still times when I need to organize a writing project. I do this manually, for the most part, entering outlines and processes into regular computer spreadsheets or documents, or doing it by hand with scribbled notes. Not as efficient as more sophisticated solutions, to be sure, but adequate for my needs.
I was therefore pleased to be reminded recently of an older, manual way of doing things. SoftBaugh Blog has a useful article titled 'Time Management Skills'. It's an interesting look at how simple processes and perspectives can bring discipline and order to what is often a rather less than well-ordered process.
Click over there and read it for yourselves. I think you'll find it useful.