Greetings, crew and passengers. First Mate T'Melnor speaking. In a few moments, I will be giving a talk in the small forward lounge on the topic "Projects and Routines." Also, Captain Ivan Vorpatril will share some "Ops-Style Efficiencies."
Notes for T'Melnor's talk on "Projects and Routines."
- Routines: everything on a starship has its routine, usually with checklist.
- Post and/or memorize checklist
- Muscle memory for physical tasks
- Habits of thought for mental tasks
- 24-hour standard checklist, 168-hour, 672-hour, etc.
- Periodic re-training on routine tasks
- Crew meetings to brainstorm improvements to routines
- Then revise checklists
- Projects: either one-off (or rare) or recurring
- Scheduled or emergency
- Examples: recurring, scheduled: Paint all bulkheads
- scheduled, one-off: disinfect ship after visit to quarantined planet (routine established by Central Command, not devised on-board, b/c we don't normally stop at quarantined planets)
- Emergency, one-off (all emergencies should be one-off): readjust Necklin rods in-flight due to encounter with [can I talk about this? check with Captain]
- Emergency, recurring: situations with live cargo, ex. Albatrosses and Demotivators
- Recurring emergencies indicate need to improve routines for dealing with situation
- Importance of motivating crew to continue to step up
- Command needs to enforce R&R when emergency in hand
- Rewards for performance under pressure
Ivan's Notes on Ops
Batch routine work, set priorities, be ruthless about enforcing priorities, delegate or delete what you can. Find constraints on work: time? resources? communications delays? Exploit these: may need to make some tasks/routines less efficient to increase overall efficiency. Ex. take time to plan; ways of thinking through processes > increase yr ability to think through steps for new project/problem. R&R necessary to keep brains & bodies functional. Get Yourself On Board (dealing w/Demotivators): for lady professors, in absence of command structure, who is yr boss? You? Students? Chair/dean? Editor? Create internal sense of responsibility even if no literal report daily/weekly to this person/group. Multiple bosses? Ugh, like work for Imperial Wedding: appear attentive to all while ruthlessly following top commands (Mamere, not Countess Vorinnis).
Links for lady professors:
Classroom rules: apply to students, kids, or selves: https://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson274.shtml
Templates for project plans: adapt to education? https://venngage.com/blog/project-plan-template/
Thinking routines: for class? for selves? http://www.pz.harvard.edu/thinking-routines#
Habits/routines/rituals: "Habits vs. Routines vs. Rituals: Wondering what the difference is between habits, routines, and rituals? Habits are things that we do automatically--things like checking your email first thing in the morning or putting your keys in a specific spot when you get home. Routines are usually a collection of habits or actions you do on a regular basis to bring order to your day—checking your email, then writing your day's to-do list, then checking your team's project management tool as a way of getting the day started. Rituals are like routines. The main difference is the attitude behind the actions: Taking a walk everyday at lunch could be considered a routine if you think of it as something you need to do for your productivity. Or it could be a ritual if you think of it as a way to break out of the mundane and enjoy nature. While we're focusing on habits and routines here, most routines could be turned into rituals with a change of perspective."
Remember to thank everyone for coming & point them at refreshments; T'Melnor & Ivan available to chat about goals, routines, checklists, etc. Remind of routine weekly goal-setting & reports (example of routine!).
1) Figure out computer modelling thing for local project
2) Go into lab and do sample prep
3) Figure out grad student analytical methods
4) Try again because this is now getting urgent: Do all my research accounting
5) Keep going on local project analysis
6) Do something fun during kid’s school break for a day or two
7) Do at least 5 classes of fancy app
Professora Hull:Finish undergrad papers; grade grad assignments; grade discussion boards.
Dead languages 4x each.
Fall course descriptions; order fall books.
Daily stretching & cardio, weights x3.
Dentist appointment, vaccination appointment.
Collect tax documents.
More tidying of study.
1 Attend and present at last virtual conference
2 Make steady progress on grading
3 Clean office equivalent to one large trash bag of trash
4 Submit abstract for Unwanted
5 Organize small online student conference
1) Write 3 hours (collection intro)
2) Grade a batch of papers
3) Read 100 pages of NunG vol. 5
4) Run, yoga, language, sit
Write for 1 hour x 3 on Illuminated.
Read background on Famous Printer, using new notebook. 1x3
Get 1st dose of vaccine--yay!
1. Read book for FAMOUS AUTHOR. Maybe write some (2 x 2 hours)
2. Keep up with class
3. Read 2 journals from pile I picked up at the office today (these go back to last spring, when the campus closed & mail delivery stopped.)
4. Make appointment for haircut
5. Reorganize bedroom
6. Keep up with exercise
7. Do something fun with friends in person
8. Be kind