While I have been trying to catch up with my electronic life, some times it takes something a little more proactive to help move the issue along. As a teacher, I learned long ago that the best way to learn something is to prepare and then actively teach it.
Nothing could be more professionally and personally useful, then, than the upcoming SCoPE and FOC08 discussion I am co-facilitating: Managing Multimembership in Social Networks. Working with my colleagues Sylvia Currie, Bronwyn Stuckey, and Sue Wolff, we have all struggled with this in our lives, and thought that sharing our experiences and what we learned may in fact benefit others or at least raise more questions in the process (hey, what else are educators for?)!
Sylvia has summarized our intentions, and in the true spirit of community I will point interested readers to her work and will not reinvent the wheel (round, turns, already works, and the like). I will thus add one thought–how will we have time to prepare to coherently discuss this?
Ironic given the topic, isn’t it?!
So, what did I accomplish from my Email Catch-Up Day (ECUD) list yesterday?
Now, for the items that remain:
- achieve Inbox Zero–I have only 10 emails remaining that need attention–97% complete
- file all the papers in my desk’s “pile”–I did not begin this–0% complete
- finish reviewing the readings and my lesson plans to finish my slides for Tuesday’s Online Course Creation class–I reviewed the readings and am about 50% finished with my slides for tomorrow. The remainder of them are floating around in my mind; just have to drop them into PowerPoint–70% complete
- upload the lingering photos to Flickr from ASTD and Central Park that are sitting on my desktop –I did not begin this–0% complete
- read (or mark as read) all RSS feeds–I am about 75% complete with this
Pretty good progress, I think. Let’s see what I can complete tonight after work (and after 2 teleconferences when I get home). I think that making public % of completions may help . . .
I posted this in my online class where I listed all the class member blogs, and thought some of my online colleagues may find it potentially interesting:
As a reminder, blogs out there on the Blogosphere (the online world of blogs) are generally public, which means that anybody anywhere can see them. I do not think it would be ethical for me to publicly require you to post to the world about what you are learning in our class, and this is one of the reasons I stated in the syllabus and in our session last week that your blogs do not have to be public to anybody outside of this class. With this in mind, I believe there is great value in learning and engaging in the process of speaking publicly (that is part of the role of being an educator, IMHO), and as such encourage you to use your blog to build your online presence and persona, encourage feedback for your thinking and online work, and to foster community with others who have similar interests (both professional and personal).
I have been feeling a little behind in things recently. Email, filing, reviewing articles, ironing–you name it. What to do about all this? Have an Email Catch-Up Day (ECUD)!
I am not just behind in replying to and filing emails, but they are a symbol of communication (and even contemporary life as well) itself, and thus I am calling today Email catch-up and not just Life catch-up. My recent work history and style reflects that if I am able to get my email addressed, and in the process achieve Inbox Zero, then most other personal organizational challenges somehow seem to be resolved.
What do I want to get addressed today?
- achieve Inbox Zero
- complete the conference reviews I owe
- catch-up on ironing
- file all the papers in my desk’s “pile”
- finish reviewing the readings and my lesson plans to finish my slides for Tuesday’s Online Course Creation class
- reply to all class Forum posts and adjustments in course dates
- upload the lingering photos to Flickr from ASTD and Central Park that are sitting on my desktop
- review Tweets
- read (or mark as read) all RSS feeds
- post a few open items to the new Reflective Practice Community that we are developing
- update the list of A Very New York Christmas book and ornament signings Michael Storrings is doing this Fall
Phewwww, gotta go!