(NOTE: This post was written by colleagues of Grad Launch blogger Marilyn Rose.)
We are sad to tell you that we’ve lost a true champion for graduate students.
In late July, Marilyn Rose, the vision and voice of Grad Launch, passed away after a brief illness.
For more than 30 years, Marilyn played a major role in helping guide Brock University through an era of major expansion. She was a much beloved professor and graduate student supervisor, a first-class academic, and a selfless leader whose biggest legacy to Brock was overseeing the creation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. She served as its first Dean from 2004-2011 and led the growth of its academic portfolio to 41 graduate programs.
Readers of the blog are well acquainted with the care, thoughtfulness and intelligence that Marilyn conveyed through her weekly writing.
One of her great passions was to mentor, coach and support graduate students as they fashioned — in her words — their “life-long career trajectory” for a meaningful professional and personal life.
Grad Launch was dear to Marilyn’s heart. In early May, Marilyn and colleagues at Brock University discussed pursuing partnerships that would help to extend the reach of Grad Launch to graduate students who are looking for career advice and job search strategies and tactics.
At that time, Marilyn had decided to put the blog on a temporary hiatus to take time away to reflect and recharge after a year of Grad Launch posting. She was looking forward to time spent networking with career professionals and collecting their valuable input and feedback about the blog content. She had full intentions of renewing the schedule of Grad Launch postings to coincide with the new academic year and, possibly, with a wider circle of contributors.
As a tribute to Marilyn, colleagues are continuing the efforts to re-establish Grad Launch.
In the next few weeks, we hope to resume postings either on this site or perhaps moving to another blog site. We’ll keep the Grad Launch followers informed of changes. So, for now, continue to visit the site and please bear with us as we discover a new “trajectory” for Grad Launch that will honour Marilyn’s special legacy.
— Marilyn’s colleagues
Who can’t use some fresh ideas about how to manage a killer workload and competing life demands? (Especially in March!) Not me – I still struggle with this every day. Although I have my “system,” which consists of a to-do list that I rework every morning, this post struck me as a goldmine.
What I often fail to do is to prioritize well. My good energy probably goes into seemingly urgent tasks much of the time, with the truly important to-dos being relegated to “later.” The result is the “just in time late-night delivery” for which I am all too well known.
In this post on Lifehacker (January 20/15), Alan Henry describes Chris Penn’s adaptation of the Eisenhower Decision Matrix for easy use by anyone who wants to know how to prioritize quickly – and with a built-in mechanism for easy adaptability.
In his piece, which links to Chris’s work, Alan shows how Chris blew the ED matrix up “into a simple grid he has on the wall behind him while he works, laid out with sticky notes for his to-dos and masking tape to keep everything in place.”
The grid assumes that everything is not equally important and creates quadrants. Here’s how it works:
- upper left corner — important tasks that are urgent
- upper right corner — important tasks that aren’t urgent — as in they don’t need to be done immediately
- lower left corner — less important tasks that are urgent — as in they’re not critical but do have a time limit
- lower right corner — tasks that are neither important nor urgent (but still need to be done eventually)
Then use sticky notes for each to-do, so that they can be moved around quickly as priorities change, as priorities have a habit of doing.
The grid may sound familiar to you. I know that I have encountered this matrix before.
But, as Alan says,
The beauty of Chris’s particular setup …is that the masking tape is easy to put up (and take down if you need to), and the sticky notes adhere to the wall without damage and can be moved around easily. It’s analog, but it works like a charm, and you don’t need to spend a ton of time entering to-dos into a system or copy/pasting to move things around. It’s a simple system to put in place, and all you need is a spare bit of wall to make it work.
You can follow this link to learn more — http://lifehacker.com/prioritize-your-to-dos-with-sticky-notes-and-masking-ta-1680447902