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Compliments of Sean MacEntee via Flickr

Today I find myself with another fully scheduled day of events (during spring break). I think people become stressed when they think of vacations as a complete shutdown of activity, instead of as a break in their normal routine. In the spirit of stay-cation (and a determination to complete a myriad of personal tasks that had piled up) I interlaced outings over a period of days with a much needed “to do” list.

This week I combined “fun things” (those I’d wanted to do but never formally scheduled) with mundane chores to achieve the perfect balance – steady progress toward my goals in a manner that doesn’t exhaust me. Below is my schedule in a nutshell: Turn the page…

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Compliments of Neil Cummings via Flickr

Both MindMap and SmartDraw have a “timeline” feature, which is handy for streamlining, and for delineating your mindmap deadlines into more definitive project segments. Below is a SmartDraw Gantt chart of the Organization Blog Project: 


Using e-mail programs (like Microsoft Outlook), timeline targets can be further segmented into daily “to do list items” (which can then be color coded, marked for follow-up, prioritized, and sorted by due date). Rememberthemilk.com also provides a daily “to do” list tracking mechanism which allows you to forward your priorities to other people, and to be reminded of important meetings. My favorite electronic tracking tool is Oracle’s Collaboration Suite Calendar, a web based application that can be accessed from anywhere, shared among group members, and color coded by event level of importance  – highest (red), high (pink), normal (yellow), low (light blue), and lowest (dark blue).  The combination of mindmap and timelines provides a cohesive framework from which to stay on track. Turn the page…

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