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While nights continue to chill down, there are still lots of activities going on in the Hawkesbury to keep everyone busy.

The RSL Club  has planned some terrific entertainment in the next months beginning with Peter Byrne and his outstanding Neil Diamond tribute show, "Forever Diamond".  Bring your friends on Saturday, 26May to see Irishman Peter do his Diamond tribute.

Windsor RSL Club

 
 

 

 

 

 

Another highlight, "Capture, Trial & Punishment"  -- a re-enactment of an 1800 case -- see the law in action on Sunday 20May at The Australiana Pioneeer Village (Rose Street, Wilberforce) Gates open at 10am. Arrive early, wouldn't want to miss a hanging!

"The Garden of Forking Paths" is the next exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery opening 18 May 2012  and running through 8 July 2012. This is an exhibition kids will love. From our friends at the Gallery came this announcement:

When the NIMROD computer, the first machine that was designed specifically to play a game, made its debut at the 1951 Festival of Britain, few could have predicted the prolific rise of the video game, now a multi-billion dollar industry rivaling the motion picture as the most profitable entertainment industry.

The Garden of Forking Paths

 The Garden of Forking Paths draws together notable historic and contemporary computer games created by artists who push the boundaries of the genre and break all the rules. It revisits some of the earliest computer games running on the original hardware, as well as some of the latest creations by leading artists.

According to the curator, Neil Jenkins, the exhibition will challenge younger audiences’ understanding of what a computer game is, providing a hands-on exploration of, inter alia   ‘just how freakin’ slow everything was back in the 80s and 90s!

We'll be up in Hawkesbury Highlands later this week, so we'll have lots to share about the 2012 apple crop, fresh sweet apple juice now in the roadside stands and as always those freshly baked apple and pear pies. Yes, it is the perfect time of year for the Farm Gate Trail adventure.

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With the long Easter holiday, we determined an autumn office cleaning and re-organisation could no longer be delayed. So we went to a longtime college friend in the U.S. who "appears" to always have her office under control. We needed advice quickly! Thursday, we pleaded our case of office disarray and this morning, Tuesday, in our inbox came her reply. For those of you who may suffer similarities, her response will give you a laugh or two! (I have deleted reference to her company; don't want her clients to think she is anything but brilliantly organised!

Hopefully, you (of the unorganised variety) will get some solace and a few laughs. . . . as Mary writes at the end of her commentary, "misery loves company." With our office a bit better and at least clean, we'll be back on the road and travelling next week!  GoTravel !

The Hawkesbury Paddlewheel: Blues Festival on the River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A LETTER FROM MARY ON GETTING ORGANISED

Dear Pat,

This is more ironic than you could possibly know!  Apparently my habits were pretty ingrained and the location of things very well situated in my memory—until we moved the office and relocated everything.  Now I know nothing.  We have 5 times as much space to organize stuff and I can’t find anything without Meg and Rebecca’s help.  This relates to everything except client files which are alphabetical and then by year and subtopic on the _____ section of the computer, and alphabetic in paper files in the file drawers.  I have that under control.

Exactly as you describe, it is the inbox, the miscellaneous “I might need it someday” scraps, and the rolodex/business cards, and the business reading beyond the computer that remain troublesome.  It is not humanly possible to keep up with all the investment and financial planning data that crosses my desk or comes on my email, and it is a massive task to sort and delete and read what’s most important.  There’s no solution to that—it’s massive information overload that you probably have to deal with in your field, too, and it’s here to stay.  That is a time management and prioritizing issue, and it’s hard to do that consistently and still have any kind of life outside work. For me, there is simply no concept of being “done”—there is just having to quit for a few hours  in order to rest or have some semblance of a life.

Business coaching pumped me up a bit, but did no permanent good, because in my view, you either have the personality type and the systematic, disciplined nature to keep up with every frigging detail daily, or you don’t.  I don’t.  The coach urged that successful time management depends on not being reactive to others’ timelines but holding to your own.  Well, wonderful—that will work really well with clients who have a problem which to them is the most important thing in the world at the moment!  I am a little better lately about building efficiency by delegating, but having someone to delegate to brings its own share of management responsibilities and can be a time vampire, as you know.

The only really practical reading I ever found was the work of David Allen, whose “next thing” schema has been helpful to me.  Look for his books/seminars online.  He also helped me somewhat with filing systems.  But even that goes back to the problem of consistency for me—the personality to be able to apply any system without being diverted by the numerous intrusions into whatever I had planned for the day.

So, Pat, you are not getting organizational help, you are getting a defeatist message about what I have struggled with for my entire career, feeling like I am swimming upstream.  I am always trying to be both accommodating and efficient—and most of the time, feeling like I am failing.  Of course, there’s one more element that I know is a big one in my case, and it is that I always, always feel compelled to bite off more than I can chew.  I get a lot accomplished, but I never get the satisfaction of having it all accomplished—because the one thing I do have consistency about, is taking on more than I could humanly get done, much less keep organized.

One last thing—about the desk.  It usually does have its piles neatly stacked, because the chaos of strewn papers (or strewn anything else) makes me so crazy I absolutely can’t get anything done and go into nervous prostration.  So that’s not really organization, it’s self-protection.

Well—see what you make of all this.  Back to work, now that I’ve taken this time to vent about my lack of consistent ability to organize.  Best of luck to you—the best I can give you is basically a “misery loves company” message.

Mary

 

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