Turn jobs into tasks

Last time I wrote about the problem of multitasking.  The fight to stay focused doesn’t always involve balancing your real work with a distraction; it can also be about juggling multiple projects.  Even if you are working exclusively on important items, it’s still best to do one thing at a time because you’ll get more done that way.

Students writing in the library
[Paul Dodds]
The trick here is to divide your jobs into smaller tasks so they don’t become large amorphous blobs that overlap each other all day.  For each ‘to do’ item on your list, divide it until you are left with tasks that can be finished in a finite amount of time.  See the following for an example of the sort of list I might use to organise and follow up on a meeting: Continue reading “Turn jobs into tasks”

Writing retreat: April 24th 9:00-17:00

Need a quiet place to work? Our writing retreat provides space for writing without distractions. That’s right: no talkative roommates who finished last week and no piped music blaring out of speakers in a café. Instead, you’ll be working beside a handful of your peers in silence. We’ll order tea and coffee for groups of 12 or more. You’ll need to bring your own laptop and lunch.

NOTE: This particular retreat begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.. You can sign up for the morning, the afternoon or the entire day, but when you sign up, you’re making a commitment to be there on time and leave at the break or at the end.

https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=29223

If you find that there are no spaces available, please sign up anyways. You’ll be put on a waiting list that we’ll use to arrange additional retreats.

April workshops now live

It’s the end of the semester, which means that assignments are due and schedules are open. It’s a great time to take a workshop or two to improve your writing.

Check our Workshops page for a list of events that you can book and attend.