Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sometimes this is how things get done around here

This was the main string of emails (starting Sunday afternoon) that produced a case write-up that we submitted yesterday at 8:30 AM. Although I prefer to try to get things done sooner rather than later to avoid a last-minute sprint (or sleepless night), sometimes it happens. In fact, it also happened last night for a FinD case, though that one didn't get quite so close to the deadline.

I've gone through this rodeo a few times already so far in grad school,  and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly an assignment can come together.  I've also learned that no matter how well you try to avoid this situation, it can and will happen. So now, I try to at least plan for it and mitigate the potential side effects by:
  • Trying to anticipate the weeks when it could happen via the Wall of Assignments. Unfortunately, I can only account for my schedule, and not the schedules of all of my teammates, so sometimes I still get blindsided (e.g. this looks like an easy week on the wall)
  • Taking care of individual assignments early if possible. I have a paper due tomorrow night that fortunately I got done at the end of last week, so I can now relax a bit the next couple of days and get caught up in the classes I ignored the past few days
  • Getting in extra sleep the night before a potential sprint.  Sometimes, there are early warning signs that an assignment is heading in this direction. If I spot them early enough, then I'll try to load up on sleep to have the energy for a late night working session
  • Keeping the bigger picture in mind. It's just an assignment...there are other things I'd rather get stressed out about
  • Having faith in the team! As I've said before, these things always come together just in time, no matter how bad the odds may look


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