okay, i admin it -- i was infatuated with the oj simpson trial...i have no idea why (although i was studying criminology at the time)
but seriously, when you look at how msnbc gives the jackson trial a premier spotlight (the same way they do elections, tragedies [well, okay this is certainly a tragedy], etc.)
it makes me wonder where we have gone as a nation...oh well.
sure enough this happens to me too frequently.
"sure, yeah, no problem i can do that"
then reality strikes...oh yeah, i have a job, wife, kids, no time, etc.
so i find myself in another predicament...a project due next week and only 30% complete. so how do you finish 70% in a few days (and actually less in hours)?
jack daniels and water. oh wait, did i say that outloud?
okay seriously...here's what helped:
1-written out plan
i find that if i don't write a plan down, i'll continue to procrastinate and go all over the place.
2-realize you can't do everything
if you think you can do it all, you can't -- get over it and get help
for me it was in the form of short-cuts in technology...these tools saved me:
- visual studio .net -- duh.
- aspNetEmail -- www.aspnetemail.com -- the EmailTemplate control rocks
- LLBLGen Pro -- www.llblgen.com -- one of my new favorite tools -- rapid generation of ORM-based DAL and great object model
- FreeTextBox -- www.freetextbox.com -- they should really name it [NotSo]FreeTextBox since you have to pay for the cool features ;-)
- Enterprise Library -- www.microsoft.com/practices -- with the new enterprise library, the configuration is so much easier to understand and quick to setup
- MasterPages -- i rolled my own implementation based on the Paul Wilson article -- not having to worry about the elements is awesome...concentrate on the functionality
- CodeRush -- www.devexpress.com -- only improves vs.net
- BaseClasses -- implement common functionality into base classes so that controls/master pages can be rapidly implemented
- WebUI 2.1 -- www.componentart.com -- for great menus, site maps, etc.
these are huge timesavers for me...check them out -- i highly endorse all of them!
4-quiet place with least distractions
probably the most difficult for me -- i'm usually easily distracted at home -- especially with a young one running around. finding some type of peace is key to getting “in the groove” -- for me it is in my office, locked door, ipod in ears, and wife away [note: wife away usually means shopping, so this procrastination may ending up actually costing money ;-) ]
i guess i haven't been paying attention, but newsgater online edition is now free! i've been using bloglines, but i'm going to have to check out newsgater online now. with a synchronization with newsgater plugin, it might just make sense now for me to look at the outlook plug in
check it out: www.newsgator.com