- Disrupting Traditional Nursing Education April 18, 2017
- Guidelines for Resistance February 7, 2017
- An Anthem Affirming Truth! January 29, 2017
- Mystery “Home” post – Rebellious Nurses in the Bay Area January 10, 2017
- Home January 9, 2017
- Making the Facts Louder than Opinions! December 9, 2016
- Grieving for my country November 15, 2016
- Cassandra in Cleveland history preserved at Ohio State University June 28, 2016
- Reflections on Productivity February 16, 2016
- Trello February 10, 2016
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It has been one week since we posted the Nurses Declaration of Solidarity and Resistance, and today we registered 833 signatories, and still counting! But what matters is that nurses are not only …
Source: Guidelines for Resistance
There is no other way to say this – the U.S. election of Donald Trump as President has gripped me with grief, and fear. As each day passes, further news of the dys-function of this man, and …
Source: Grieving for my country
Sharon Deevey, a good friend and member of Cassandra:Radical Feminist Nurses Network in Cleveland, just notified me of the archive of Cassandra materials at the Medical Heritage Center, Prior Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University 376 W. 10th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210. Here is a PDF that shows details of the collection!
Cassandra only existed as an active entity for about 8 years. We had 3 national gatherings and published a newsletter three times a year for 7 years! But the spirit of Cassandra persists in many forms! I co-authored an article with Elizabeth Berrey (also from the Cleveland Web) about Cassandra that was published in Sinister Wisdom in 2014, and you can also download all of the newsjournals from the Cassandra page on this website!
This post closes my series of posts on the matter of productivity! It has been an interesting experience, in part because it clearly affirms for me the benefits of blogging! In a way, blogging is akin to journaling – the difference being that journaling is done without concern for an audience (there is no audience) whereas with blogging it behooves the blogger to move away from self-indulgence and consider what might interest the audience! This series has prompted more responses (mostly from my friends!) than any other posts on this blog, which affirms that there was at least a modicum of audience interest in what I had to say!
But here is where this blogging experience and journaling come together – I have also benefited from this reflective excursion into my own approaches to getting things done! Here are a couple of the “lessons” I have learned in this process:
- Even though I speak a firm line about what I do, or more accurately what I intend to do, the reality is not quite so clear-cut! My to-do list has lagged about a day-and-a-half “behind” for most of the duration of this series of posts! Part of this has to do with the kinds of things that happen to everyone .. fighting a bad cold, unexpected family events, fascination with the current political events and drawn to paying attention to what is happening, way too much email that I need to tend to – you get the picture! So the ideal and the real are a bit out of sync! And for some reason, my dedication to this series has persisted despite the to-do list lagging – it has been a compelling project that has drawn me away from the scheduled to-dos!
- Writing about the ideal has in fact influenced my “real” behaviors! Every time I have posted a new blog about one of the tools I am using, and my commitments related to that tool, my daily engagement with those tools has definitely been more focused! For example, my use of Evernote has evolved over time, and once I focused on it in the process of writing the blog, I moved into a “space” of better clarity about how Evernote fits into my overall productivity strategy.
Most important …a bottom line emerged that ironically led me to a stronger sense that what I do has little or nothing to do with being productive! If I am totally honest, my own approach to this all boils down to my age 10 fascination with “Cheaper by the Dozen!” I just love being efficient! It is kind of like the habits that we all take for granted – like the sleeping positions we prefer, or the morning routine that gets us up and out the door, or the little habits of affection that we establish with those we care about. For me, that very early fascination with efficiency ingrained in me something that is more than a habit .. it is a way of being! Like all of these little “things” that constitute who I am, or who you are, there is no reason to expect that we can, or should, aspire to copying anyone else’s ways of being. I have no idea why reading of a book grabbed my attention in such a powerful way at the age of 10!
So here’s to each of us finding the ways that work for getting things done … each of us, in our own ways!
This wonderful tool is designed to help organize projects that involve more than just one person. It exists on a web page that looks deceptively simple, but has tons of power for organizing and coordinating every task that needs to be done. Like most web-based tools, your free account is the starting point, but with Trello, the free level gives plenty of power for just about anything you can imagine! I won’t describe in detail how it works – I include a short video that gives an overview below. My focus here is to describe how and why I use it, despite the fact that there is a bit of overlap with the other organizing tools I use.
There are two features that make Trello close to indispensible for me – the ability to lay everything out in a “dining room table” style so that I can see a visual overview of all the pieces, and the ability to share this “picture” of the project with others who are working on the same project. You organize the project on a “Board” and on each Board you develop lists in any way that best works for your project. For example, you might have a list for new ideas, tasks that are in progress, tasks coming up next, and tasks you have completed. Every list has a card for each task, and when you click on the card, you see details that re on the “back” of the card Everyone on the team working on the project can add cards, comment on cards, attach files to cards, even start a new list. On my teams we set due dates and reminders for specific tasks, so that everyone on the team can keep track of who is doing what.
The “dining room table” perspective is particularly important for my journal. Even though for the ANS board I am the main person who uses it, other people who are involved with the journal have access to the board so that someone besides just me can see instantly a “picture” of what is happening and how it is all laid out. I have a list to keep general information and resources, and a list for each issue – current and coming up in the future. The issue lists have cards for each tasks that is required to bring the issue from conception to completion, along with the due dates for each task. I do use my to-do list in tandem with the Trello lists, which may seem a bit of unneccessary duplication, but each perspective of the tasks required for managing and editing the journal serve a unique purpose, and with Trello other people have a “window” into the journal processes – a very important feature in case there were to be a time when (goddess forbid) I am incapacitated.
So if you want to learn more, here is a webpage the Trello folks provide as introduction. And a brief YouTube video. There are many YouTube “Trello” videos, each with a somewhat different “take” on ways you can use this powerful tool!