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Observations On Being Off-Track (Week Two Review)

What a damn strange week. It was totally off-track by my metrics, through a mix of stupid stuff coming up (people late, canceled appointments, need to do runaround stuff like renew visas), good opportunities coming my way that I grabbed that weren't on the core metrics, and after things started to slip, then poor pre-planning and poor tracking making it worse.

Let's review this week in-depth, it might be interesting for you. Here's a breakdown of what happened by day --

Day Eight: Busy, a couple big wins, but not on-track with my metrics.

Day Nine: Day started very strong, but then I had to do a lot of running around -- renewing my business visa, foreign resident registration at the police station, etc. Once I got into the "errand running" part of the day between visas, etc, the day went off-track.

Day Ten: Also hosed -- I had a few client calls at weird hours, so I had broken sleep through the night (with calls mixed in), then first thing in the morning I had to go to the Public Security Bureau for the new interview for my F-Visa. ("Interview" sounds stronger than it is. I stood in line for 40 minutes or so, smiled, said hello, they took my picture, I signed the form, and left.) Then had lunch about 40 minutes later, though my host for lunch was an hour late… and just like that, the top half of the day was gone, and already out in space. Did a long walk back home (from Guomao to Shuangjing), then a client canceled a call (family emergency on his end), and the power went out at one of my properties because the guys renting burned through a lot more power than normal.

Using WorkFlowy as a Throwaway Calendar

On Mike Dariano

As a stay-at-home father I have a schedule I understand. Most days begin with feeding my daughters then probably off to school, then maybe the library, then another school, and maybe gymnastics. These days aren't regular but the varied parts of them have become habit. Oh, and there's the cleaning.

Some days I have to travel for work, to observe student teachers give lessons. On these days, when I'm traveling to different schools and running atypical errands I like to have a view of what's happening and when. A view that lets me cross things off as I do them and have a list of of things I need to do at each one.

Enter WorkFlowy.

For example, last Friday I had to be at Washington Elementary at 9:40am. I've only been to the school once so I needed to give myself extra time. Planning it out like this also makes me consider what I have to do and when.

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