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Jamila Bey
05-22-2007, 10:36 AM
While I'm not ready to put a bag over my head and jump into a pool (HBO fans will get that), I am deeply depressed over my missing a deadline for something I was a TOTAL F*****G shoo-in for.

I need to find someone who can look at my schedule and call and e-mail me to say, "You've got that 800 word article on blah blah blah due in a week, where are you on it?" Or to call me and say, "You have ice skating lessons in an hour. You need to leave in 30 minutes."

What's the title for this? Does it exist? Is this a manager or an assistant or what? How do you people with kids do it? How did you overcome your procrastination/perfectionism/fear of failure/fear of success?

Who do I hire?

Robert Allison
05-22-2007, 12:19 PM
I am not looking for another job :), but here are a few books that might prove useful:

The Now Habit (http://www.amazon.com/Now-Habit-Overcoming-Procrastination-Guilt-Free/dp/0874775043)

Getting Things Done (http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280)

Overachievement (http://www.amazon.com/Overachievement-New-Model-Exceptional-Performance/dp/1591840554)

Don't let the cheesey cover of Overachievement fool you; Eliot really knows his stuff.

Productivity is often about having a system, and these books will help you create one for yourself.

Yael Grauer
05-22-2007, 12:22 PM
I really miss my Franklin Covey day planner.

Greg Everett
05-22-2007, 12:36 PM
i believe that would be a personal assistant -- the title that pretty much covers every menial task you can think of.

you can hire this dude. seems nice:
http://www.worldpersonalassistant.com/

Ron Nelson
05-22-2007, 12:57 PM
I use the calendar portion of Microsoft Outlook. It has helped me keep track of my many meetings.

Yes, I have many meetings (smart asses, doubting my importance. . .fools!)

It will give you reminders when you want to get them and it has a snooze feature as well. One drawback: you have to be using the computer to get the reminders. It does sync up with most PDA's and some cell phones.

Worth a shot. Otherwise, hire the nice young man with the stylish haircut, then make him carry your sweaty gear after practice.

Mike ODonnell
05-22-2007, 01:25 PM
You need that little Microsoft paperclip to pop up in your life for reminders....I am sure Bill Gates is working on a virtual version...god I hate that thing...

http://www.robertsharp.co.uk/images/paperclip_shuttle.gif

Chris Forbis
05-22-2007, 04:17 PM
I am not looking for another job :), but here are a few books that might prove useful:

The Now Habit (http://www.amazon.com/Now-Habit-Overcoming-Procrastination-Guilt-Free/dp/0874775043)

Getting Things Done (http://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280)

Overachievement (http://www.amazon.com/Overachievement-New-Model-Exceptional-Performance/dp/1591840554)

Don't let the cheesey cover of Overachievement fool you; Eliot really knows his stuff.

Productivity is often about having a system, and these books will help you create one for yourself.

My college roommate had Eliot for a class. I believe his description was something along the lines of "self-absorbed d-bag."

Robert Allison
05-22-2007, 06:43 PM
My college roommate had Eliot for a class. I believe his description was something along the lines of "self-absorbed d-bag."

Eliot might be a great guy... or an ass. I really don't know. I am just going off the information in his book, which I thought was spot-on. YMMV.

Jamila Bey
05-22-2007, 09:04 PM
The Now Habit, GTD and a few other books have been collecting dust on my night stand since my 05(!) resolutions...

Perhaps reading these will help.

I guess I need to give up my viewing habits... I watch probably 2 hours on Sunday night and between 5-15 minutes each other day of the week.

I'm just at wits end. I missed my deadline, went to the wrong place for an appointment tonight and on top of it am under the gun to getting hubby's b-day present. (Why can't he like hookers like a normal man? I kid folks, I kid.)

I've been crucifying myself all day about this, and it's impossible to get my other hand done... maybe I do need an assistant!

Allen Yeh
05-23-2007, 02:50 AM
While I'm not ready to put a bag over my head and jump into a pool (HBO fans will get that), I am deeply depressed over my missing a deadline for something I was a TOTAL F*****G shoo-in for.

I need to find someone who can look at my schedule and call and e-mail me to say, "You've got that 800 word article on blah blah blah due in a week, where are you on it?" Or to call me and say, "You have ice skating lessons in an hour. You need to leave in 30 minutes."

What's the title for this? Does it exist? Is this a manager or an assistant or what? How do you people with kids do it? How did you overcome your procrastination/perfectionism/fear of failure/fear of success?

Who do I hire?

So you want a professional nagger?

Haha! Seriously though some of what you describe is totally what I see as nagging!

I use calendar on Yahoo! a lot, my wife and I to schedule things, you can have it setup to text your cell phone I think too.

At work I also use Outlook Calendar and sync it with my Yahoo! Calendar.

Derek Simonds
05-23-2007, 03:31 AM
If you can afford it / make it happen a personal assistant is the way to go.

For the rest of the world I am going to agree with everyone else, I live and die by my outlook calendar. With my travel schedule and all the appointments I have there is no way I could make it through a week without my calendar.

There are many calendar applications available, Outlook, Yahoo and Google all are good applications. The key is to get where you use it exclusively for scheduling. All calendar applications have the ability to remind you at a preset time before an appointment, they also can schedule a reoccurring event so that every Monday it nags you to make sure that you have your "whatever" handled for the upcoming week.

IMO you need a pda or a cell phone that will synch with the calendar so that you have your data all the time not just when you are at your computer. My wife prints hers out every day because she doesn't like technology.

You will really have it nailed when your P/A enters all your appointments in your calendar and calls to confirm that you have attended to them.

Mike ODonnell
05-23-2007, 05:35 AM
If this was 2001 I am sure there would be some sort of .com startup with millions in venture cap that did something like this.....but they probably lost millions in the first year and went out of business.....

Might want to invest in alot of post it notes....

kevin mckay
05-23-2007, 07:33 AM
Wow so many window$ users here, guess rebooting the system is a nice workout though :P

Ok, back to Serious
Google calendar is nice minimal you can access from anywhere and you are not subjected to annoying ads.