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John LaVelle on time management

My name is John LaVelle, and I am an advanced graduate student at Claremont Graduate University.  An interest (and need) of mine is time management, since it’s so easy to let the day slip away.  I’ll be sharing two resources on more effective time management.

Rad Resource: When you’re getting started in evaluation, it’s easy to forget how much time you spend on your project, and that information can be very valuable later on for when you’re estimating costs for future projects.  So, I use a free program for the Apple called iClockr to help me keep track of my time investments.  iClockr is available at: www.apple.com, or through this direct link: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/productivity_tools/iclockr.html

Rad Resource: It’s sometimes easy to get wrapped up in a project and forget about the time.  I use a free dashboard app for Apple called Prod Me, which plays chimes or other sounds at regular intervals to help me be more mindful of the time.  ProdMe is available at: www.apple.com or through this direct link: http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/status/prodme.html

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2 comments

  • Author comment by John LaVelle · January 6, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Jara, that’s a good question! I found a couple when I went to http://www.download.com, but I have to mention that I haven’t tested them out.

    Time tracker 2.5 works on PCs, and it seems to do the same things as iClockr. It’s free to try, but then you have to buy it. I’ll keep looking for a free one.

    For the chimes, there’s a free program called DS Clock 2.4, and it’s nice because it synchs itself with an atomic clock.

    Does anyone else have a program they use?

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  • Jara Dean-Coffey · January 6, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Hi John,

    Suggestions for those of still on a PC?

    Reply

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