I'm not the only one
with a David Allen "Getting Things Done" obsession, sounds like it's really a movement!
So far in my organization movement, I've cleaned out and organized my desk. Labeled all my folders using a label maker (makes for a really clean looking file drawer!), have reduced my inbox to one pile that needs to be gone through (hopefully over the weekend) and have stopped using my inbox as a task list. I haven't left any e-mails in there for over a week! Still have to go back and look through the 800 old e-mails but nothing new is staying there! Wow...
This week has been so busy I haven't had any energy left to write here! Had the usual last minute scramble to get abstracts in for a meeting this summer, one exam to take, one paper due, and finished the bulk of big project I've been working on for over a year with my major advisor. We've been putting together an online key for diagnosing plant diseases and it's been a major pain. First off because there really wasn't one person responsible for it. Dr. G just assumed I could read his mind and complete the project exactly as he envisioned it without much input. And (subconsciously) I kept waiting for him to set out a plan of attack. Basically, it came down to the wire and the two of us put in several late nights getting it finished by the grant deadline. It still needs finishing touches especially to the webpages. That's the second big pain with this project. I came in as a web novice and had to learn absolutely everything. Took a course in Dreamweaver and CSS (don't remember anything), took one in proper web design, had to learn how to use all this software for creating the key. On Monday we're going to make the final links between the key and the associated webpages and post it in our locker. Fingers crossed that it works and looks good!
I did learn something from this whole messy experience and that is that someone and only One someone has to be in charge and take responsibility for the project. This is useful thinking for getting my dissertation done as well. I am responsible for the completion of my research, no one else is going to do it for me. Yes, there is a committee providing advice, but I am the sole responsible person, I'm the lead, I'm in charge of the show. Not that this is a major problem for me, but it's nice to remind myself when I get into the "blaming everyone but me" phase. David Allen (again with David Allen, I'm obsessed!) mentions this as a key point as well. It might have also been helpful to have realized this before my last miserable committee meeting in which I failed to take charge of the situtation. I guess that is part of the PhD learning experience: switching from undergrad (spoon fed) to MS student (eating solid foods, but still strapped in the high chair) to PhD (picking out our own food from the fridge and usually making into our mouths not on our shirts!).
Anyways, enough with the bizarre analogies-back to work. Yes, it's Saturday but there is data to be analyzed!