Before reading this: this is my IMAGINARY blog on work, thoughts and feelings while being attached to this project and this life. Not all is connected to maths, most is connected to maths communication and its diverse aspects.
Today I focus on the planning of the planning. I know that I can be extremely chaotic in my planning and at the same time extremely organized and focused. How do these two fit together? And what impact do they have on the surrounding team and actual work? The most important thing is to stay “professional”. This means externally to be responsible with promises, to fulfill deadlines (or let the others know in time if not) and to not lose anything. This means not to lose any information, any idea, any contact data, any task you were planning. Not losing it, does not mean that you have it at hand. Here comes the chaos. The not-lost things are somewhere - not-lost - inside the chaos. So you can find them in theory. And (since we are professional) if it is necessary. The chaos itself adds creativity. The not-lost things stay there and mature. They combine with other things in the task pot. Once in a while, one eliminates the chaos and just carries out all tasks (generally in a night, weekend or special workshop session). This is what I do now. Task: write another blog entry (low priority). Task: order all other tasks (top priority).
So, the task of the tasks was to put the chaos into a priority list. “Top”, “low”, “if time and if necessary”, “whenever possible” and “to check again” are some of the categories of the tasks. The top tasks are the ones with deadline, the ones others are waiting for, the major problems - for example technical bugs on the platform, wishes of users, etc. Then we have tasks that can wait, but should be implemented, as adding new languages to the website (German, French, Spanish). While thinking of the translation module, I got an unexpected email from Brasil with the first few pages of the platform texts already translated into Brasilian. This really motivates me: tasks taken care of independently, others adding to the chaos & organization. What category would fit to this task (the ones already done before you plan them)?