productivity

prioritize tasks

Last Wednesday, I kept putting off turning my unit test (version A & version B) into computerized versions in Word. It was easy to pick out example IB exam questions and modify them by hand, but the process of writing out symbolic form for different types of compound propositions (and, or, etc) and making truth tables seemed like such a pain to me. So I kept working on other items for the following faculty meetings instead of finishing the tests first.

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Grade Team Meeting
1:15 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Math Team Meeting
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. IB Coordinator Meeting with Generation Citizen

However, I didn’t leave any room in the schedule for transitions or unexpected changes. It ended up looking more like this:

12:46 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. because we started one minute later and had extra announcements from the nurse and myself
1:35 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. because it took ten minutes to get over to our other building and then get in because we were locked out
2:35 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. because we had to find all the headmasters and guests, and then it ran later than 30 minutes

And that’s why I ended taking my laptop to my 4:15 p.m. Pure Barre class and typing a test before class started, then finishing it at Starbucks after class.

It pays to tackle the most challenging tasks first.

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