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really long-term project," Neville said."But
it broke down big chunks into workable
chunks so I wasn't consistently doing the
whole thing two nights before it was
And she's developing a more realistic
sense of how long a given project will take.
" 1 had to figure out what a reasonable time
was to read 100 grant applications. Once
I'd done that, it helped me. I knew how
long it would take to do each one and still
get to a friend's wedding."
Greg Thacker said that when he sees his
tinle management getting out ofhand, he
too sits down and gets organized. "It speaks
to how over-committed I've been that I've
done it every way possible," he said. ''rve
used a Palm Pilot, used Outlook on the
computer, used Franklin planners. They all
worked to an extent. The tools are less
inlportant than the focus.You can make
any of the tools work ifyou put the energy
John Adams kept journals and wrote
holistic life goals for an elective he took as
part of his MBA program, taught by Profes-
sor Gerald Bell, about prioritization, time
management and maintaining workplace
balance. He found tbe perspective useful.
"There always will be people who work
80 hours a week," he said."[ don't think
they have any nlore work than I do. They
just work differently, draw different priori-
ties, draw the line in a different place."
Dreyer also believes that the key to tinle
management is recognizing what's impor-
tant to you. "The main thing is ifyou have
a quiet moment to really sit down and
think about what you really want accom-
plished in a certain period of tinle," she
said. "And I mean that holistically. Both my
grandmothers live close by, and it's really
important to me to go see them. The way
you spend your rinle reflects your values."
- Kathleen Kearns
) III J' /A/Ig II St 2005