How I work in review - I.

Reflections.

The idea of recording my daily activities and posting them on bimbo club made me resentful and unmotivated. What sort of tiresome, micromanagement, bureaucratic, deliberate gotchya nonsense is this? When I worked in HR, we asked the low performance salary employees to submit time sheets and by my own standards - I'm a good worker, damnit.1 For the last twenty days (I've posted a total of 28 work reports.) I've made myself fairly miserable by ignoring any possible positives that could come from exposing my activities or lack thereof. My flawed examination of the task consisted of putting on blinders and only predicting (from every angle) how this could get me in trouble. When you're a slave, the worst possible road to take is fighting an order (regardless if you're actually aware that this is what you're doing or not...) - it gains you quite literally nothing. After conversations, readings, and reflections... I've finally embraced the potential usefulness of such a tool. When I was in formal education my performance was measured by exams and (at the end) my resume. My time spent in the 'workplace' was consistently examined through reports, manager one on ones, and performance reports (all of which I was obsessed with getting high marks on.). Now, I'm a slave and what exactly does that mean for work and measurement? Let's try and break this down... Well, my job no longer comes with restrictions of hours and days - I serve at the pleasure of my Master, 24/7. However, this dosen't mean that I am no longer left with free time. Much of my time is self management and my responsibilities are broken into three stages. The first and most important being the surprise and instantaneous items that come up during the day.2 Following that, is the set of duties that I'm already required to have done (the goal is without being asked) and this leaves the long list of items that I need to organize my time to improve upon. It's an ongoing struggle for me to fit these three items into a puzzle so that I can make them work together rather than against one another. So how do I measure if I'm succeeding in doing this and what data do I have to do so? Which is why (now) I'm embracing posting work reports. My time is no longer organized by an institution or corporation and I'd like to have something to show for that.

The tools.

Roughly four months ago, I started (begrudgingly - shame on me) making a hour by hour schedule for the week. It took about three months for me to really understand how to use and look at a schedule.3 No, I won't get everything done that I set out to do but the visuals, frequency, and knowledge that the tasks are there is helpful. A schedule is a living thing and should be adjusted, experimented on, and improved over time.

For the last 28 days, I've been posting daily work reports that summarize the time spent on working throughout the day. I've been misusing these reports as they aren't specific enough to be used as a measurement tool. For instance, I grouped things together that really needed their own category. I also didn't highlight much details on the tasks themselves. For example, for cooking - in a month if I make the same dish and look back to see if I've improved efficiency I won't be able to find that dish but a mere 'cooking'.

Changes.

Both tools need some improvements in order make them more useful for me.4 I realized that I've been keeping a running list of goals in my head and without any structure. Now, before I make my weekly schedule I outline the goals that I want to achieve for the week - based upon if they are daily, 3x a week, or once a week. Ideally, this will get to the point to where I have enough information so that I can make monthly goals. As for the work reports, the information will be much more detailed and less of a summary. The structure will be changing (I foresee this being continuous) and I'll attempt to publish them at or before 1AM.

If this sounds absolutely dreadful to you, I understand. Never did i think that I would be making a post highlighting the importance of daily time keeping. If life really is just a series of experiments, then what is the harm in trying just one more?

  1. Also, if we fired the said employees then we had paperwork to submit to legal to show that we tried to help them become successful. Its not a personal matter, see? []
  2. The less time either Master or Hannah can wait on me the better. Thus being why this ranks as most important. []
  3. The obsessive part of me was really bothered by the number of tasks that I couldn't achieve in a day. []
  4. If all goes well, in another month I'll be able to clearly reflect back and make even further improvements. []

8 Responses to “How I work in review - I.”

  1. anon says:

    Ain’t this “the structure will keep changing” counter-productive? Wouldn’t you eventually awk / sed / bash it away to print some sort of summary?

    • nicoleci says:

      If it's counter-productive then I'm doing something wrong. The entire point is to build and remove what dosen't work. I'd like the data for my reports to be easily identifiable (in order to be measured) and the information detailed.

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  3. Diana Coman says:

    by my own standards

    I think this is the very core of it really - it requires the questioning/examination/raising of those own standards or it's not going to be of much use.

    If it's any use, the structure itself is quite basic at all times ie you'd have a number of levels at which you track it e.g. housework:cooking:soups:lamb . What is more likely to change is the sort of things you are interested in tracking at one time or another and the level of detail you care about for different parts. But other than that, something as simple as that allows afterwards to automatically calculate the timings for any level you want, anyway.

  4. Diana Coman says:

    Uhm, apparently this install is again stripping the html tags and not having the select mechanism in. Maybe have a look at the latest tree from Billymg as he got both in afaik.

  5. anon says:

    Diana,

    Do you suggest something like the structure below?

    housework:cooking:soups:lamb [ minutes ] [ notes ]

  6. Diana Coman says:

    anon, I don't suggest anything really - I illustrated my point re structure and changes with an example based on my own experience, since I pushed those in Young Hands to keep track of their time and review regularly and so on. Other than that though, I don't think Nicole lacks suggestions for how/what to do what she has been clearly doing each day for at least 20 days.

  7. billymg says:

    @Diana Coman, nicoleci: Yup! It includes the patch to fix html in comments and the patch to add the server-side select mechanism.

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