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Jul 24, 2005 11:27 pmAdvocating for yourself#

Stephanie Frank
If any of you work with other people or partners, you may be to begin to help them understand how you work best.

I recently had to begin (for the first time) to really advocate for my own work style, language and work style when a partner who is highly task oriented asked me to work on several projects at once.

All of them important, and it put me over the edge when he showed me a Gantt chart (yuck!) of the projects.

We sat down immediately to discuss how our different brains work, and I'm so grateful for all of the study I've done over the past 5 years. I showed him my mind map of the promotion of the book, and he'd never seen anything like a mind map.

In the end, he still tried to schedule me for 8 hours of sitting at the computer tasks in 4 hour chunks for 2 weeks, which he thought would be heaven and VERY productive. I consider that like going to jail and refused to do it his way. We came to the conclusion that I could do the work in 2 hour chunks (I'll still set my timer for shorter chunks)

The reason I'm telling you this is that you can't expect other people to understand how you work best, it's up to you to set boundaries and not bend to others' wishes.


Stephanie Frank
Author, The Accidental Millionaire

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Jul 25, 2005 1:13 amre: Advocating for yourself#

Mari Laura Skjelvik
Thank you for that .

Finally the we need time to think post.:)

Coffee breaks are my soloution , and I take the longest route too.
Sitting down can be the hardest thing to do, and sometimes it help to stand, I have been know to sit on the floor too the last 30 minutes just to finish the task.
I never did use a timer, but my coffee breaks are no longer than 2 hrs a part,much less whenever I can actually.
So now I am getting a timer.

So now I know why I loved working in kitchens and resturants for soo long, it was new and fresh all the time.I loved to temp.

Reading you post it made me want to run out screaming; 4 houers at the computer in one chunk .....
Diffrent brains, diffrent style .

Happy Monday

Norwegian Coffeeaholic:)

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Jul 25, 2005 7:11 pmre: Advocating for yourself#

Amy Jo Garner
Ack!!! I haven't seen the term "Gantt chart" in years, thank goodness.

I've never even attempted to get other people to understand how my brain works. When I was in the corporate world, my skill was known and respected and luckily I worked for and with people who just accepted that I was a little "eccentric."

These days I find that the business partners I attract are drawn to me precisely because I work outside the box.

Personally, I think the business world is in great need of more people who see the task at hand as a map instead of a gantt chart. When I look at all the lumbering and struggling corporate giants, I see decades of "by-the-bookness" slowing them down.


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