Plant Breeding Methods (CS, HS 541)

Staying Organized

1. Delegate –

  • Never do anything that someone else should do, or
  • Do only those things that only you can do
  • Send notes (EMail, calendar) to project workers to keep them on track

2. List it –

  • Make a do list in priority order
  • Then do not worry about anything that you have to do; just do them in order
  • Review the list every evening for things to do the next day

3. Prioritize –

  • Do not let the urgent take the place of the important

4. First things first –

  • Do big, high priority things first
  • Do one thing at a time (small, low priority things may not get done)

5. Track it –

  • Keep a note of who was asked to do what
  • Make sure everyone is on the job:
    • You do not get what you expect, you get what you inspect

6. Classify it –

  • Make shelves, drawers, hooks for everything
  • Organize your files: store information on paper in folders in file drawers
  • Store digital information on hard disk; backup onto offsite disks
    • (magnetic disks start losing data after 2 years)

7. Mechanize –

  • Build machines for doing work
  • Computerize your operation
    • Automate your form letters, reports, mailings

8. Time it –

  • Know where time goes
  • Reserve blocks of time to get work done

9. Know strengths –

  • Focus your energies where your strengths lie
  • Do not waste time overcoming your weaknesses
    • (hire someone with those strengths)

10. Schedule the day

  • Divide the work day
  • Schedule time (1 hour?) for each important area
    • (writing, planning, teaching, correspondence)
  • Fit new items into day’s schedule (unscheduled tasks will just sit undone)

11. Match location with task

  • Teach in classroom
  • Share ideas, plan future projects at conferences
  • Write articles at home office or in library study room
  • Do daily plan, phone, EMail, voice mail, paper mail in office