I only work part-time and have been struggling to find a way to manage my time, it’s been a long process and has so fair failed to control overload.
I started off using a traditional task list in Lotus Notes, this failed miserably as it seemed impossible to visualise the mass of tasks in a way that allowed me to make sensible decisions.
Next I tried OneNote, but this didn’t help, just another way to get confused
Then I tried Life Balance along with the GTD methodology. This was better, as careful adjustment of the importance of each task relative to its parent objectives allows you to balance all areas of your life. Unfortunately Life Balance has no robust concept of work content, parallel activities, progress etc. As a result have found I have gradually accumulated activities and become hopelessly over-committed. Life-balance had shielded me from this by showing me the priority activity to work on each day and by hiding next actions until the current action is completed.
So after probably 9 months of trying different approaches I am now able to state my needs clearly:
- I need a way of visualising the work content of the tasks, and scheduling them out …