Tuesday, March 18, 2008

#9 Action Plan

This past week I sent my laptop back in for repairs for the second time within a 3 week period of time. Fortunately I have other computers to complete assignments. Each time I return the computer, I lose my data, my trust, and I am forced to reorganize my work flow. Therefore, the importance of a computer is that I depend on it to maintain my life action plan.

While using the Google spreadsheet this week, it occurred to me how often I take a lofty, substantial goal and break the tasks into chunks. Although not titled “project plan,” most of how I organize action is based through a similar thought process out of necessity. For instance, it is easier for me to globally view monthly calendar prior to formulating a menu or a shopping list. I can then create monthly, weekly, and daily meals. Sometimes this means purchasing bulk and cooking meat products once and freezing extra. Other times it is simply supplying ingredients as options.

Although one of the benefits of an overall wiki project plan is the ability to view results, another positive is that the software allows me to plan by accommodating various changes. I appreciate the feeling that the plan is not wrong, just constantly being updated. This will be a useful experience in the future of working in a library as sections of work can be delegated, expanded, or divided. In addition, the big picture allows team members to visualize steps and recognize individual efforts. This emphasizes the importance of working together as a team.


Amanda said...

I feel very similarly about the project plan. It feels like something we were doing naturally anyway but just hadn't organized and written down. I like that the plan shows me where we started and lets us look forward to changes we need to make. I've never done a project plan either and while I hope I did it right, I might use a similar tool in the future for large scale projects.

Mary Alice Ball said...

Aargh! I had problems with my laptop earlier this semester and can relate to your sense of frustration. The issue of trust is important because we are so dependent upon these machines.

I also liked what you had to say in a recent blog about being brave enough to admit what you don't know about technology. It really is an act of courage but one that I think is critical if we are to maintain credibility with others. After all, it becomes apparent very quickly if we don't know something.