# Priorities

1. Jan 24, 2005

### wolram

As you go about your normal routines, what do you think, should do,
want to, have to?

2. Jan 24, 2005

### Staff: Mentor

I have no priorities. I just do whatever I think about doing whenever I think about it, somehow things get done and I am much less stressed out than when I set priorities.

3. Jan 24, 2005

### Gokul43201

Staff Emeritus
"What can I skip ? What can I put off until tomorrow, or the weekend ? Do I really need to do that ? This is important, but do I have to do it now ? If I don't do it right away, I'll never do it. Oh, I guess I'll have to do this now. But I'm hungry, I need lunch."

4. Jan 24, 2005

### JasonRox

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I THINK!

"Should I work on this assignment? It is so boring. Why do they assign pointless work? I hate this curriculum."

Note: The assignment is our first Calculus II assignment, and I hate it. I don't give a **** about converting units and densities. Save that for physics, for crying out loud.

5. Jan 24, 2005

### mattmns

I usually play minesweeper until I get mad, and then I will do something that I need to do.

You are doing that in calc2? wtf? In my calc 2 class we did all kinds of things with integrals, and then series at the end.

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6. Jan 24, 2005

### JasonRox

Yes, with integrals.

Volumes when you rotate around the x-axis, y-axis (whatever junk they got).

It's just that they add annoying crap in it.

They asked us to prove Calvieri's Principle (something like that), which is given when you write the DEFINITION!

I still think it's dumb.

Note: For minesweeper, I got 59 seconds on Intermediate.

7. Jan 24, 2005

### mattmns

Ok thats why I did for the most part. Except we did not have to prove any principles, we just did a hell of a lot of problems.

For minesweeper, I have 6, 36, 123 (beg, int, exp). My expert is not great, but I am working on it. The other day I almost had a int 33, but I had to guess and picked wrong.

8. Jan 24, 2005

### JasonRox

I hate problems.

I like doing proofs and understanding the true concepts of Calculus. I couldn't careless what the volume of some weird function came out to be.

Note: You have a killer minesweeper record. I spent too much time on it, so I got rid of it.

9. Jan 24, 2005

### mattmns

Yeah same here, but the prof had other ideas.

My minesweeper records are not that good, you should check the records here. http://metanoodle.com/minesweeper/ they are insane, there are even some videos.

10. Jan 24, 2005

### Astronuc

Staff Emeritus
As I rule, I try not to do that.

Then I do as many tasks as possible simultaneously, usually with interesting results.

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11. Jan 24, 2005

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
There are definite hazards to multi-tasking. Take, for example, trying to brush your teeth while scrubbing the toilet. Really dangerous if you're not paying attention to which brush is in which hand. :yuck:

Priorities...hmm...I have the list of things with deadlines, the list of things without deadlines that I'd much rather be doing, and the list of ACK!!! I need it today!

But whenever I'm doing stuff, I too aim to get as much done at the same time as possible. In the lab, I'm fond of colored tape on everything to keep track of the 6 different things I'm doing at once. At home, it's a little less structured since it's really not critical if I don't get the laundry out of the dryer the moment it's done because I'm upstairs vacuuming the floors while dinner is on the stove.

12. Jan 24, 2005

### JasonRox

Yeah, but do you have a colored sticker on the vacuum reminding you that you are cooking something on the stove.

13. Jan 24, 2005

### Moonbear

Staff Emeritus
Nah, when the smoke detector goes off, dinner is done. Oh, wait, that's tribdog's method of cooking.

I'm not usually that forgetful when the only task of the ones I'm doing that has to be remembered is the food cooking. But, if that fails, the smell of the food will make me hungry so I won't forget.

14. Jan 24, 2005

### tribdog

If I am working I think, what would an average person get finished, then I try to double it.
If I'm not working I think, should I paint, check out PF or pleasure myself. If moonbear's online I multitask. lol

15. Jan 24, 2005

### JasonRox

I used to do that, but when you discover your boss is an idiot you do the opposite.

Work slower so you can lower the amount of work the average person would do.

16. Jan 25, 2005

### tribdog

I've got the greatest boss in the world. Can't say enough good stuff about him. And I'm dedicated to the company. I've only been working for him for a year and I've been given a truck, computer, cell phone and credit card. plus I've doubled my salary.
plus I like my job so I'll keep working hard.

17. Jan 25, 2005

### JasonRox

I used to work hard, and that explains why I get to take it easy now without anyone really noticing.

I stopped working hard until I discovered that he was a cheap ass and wouldn't pay for good work. This explained why everyone was doing nothing when I first started.

Now, I encourage everyone to do nothing.

18. Jan 25, 2005

### wolram

as my job is to keep a factory running, my first priority is to fix the
things that don't work, my next priority is to fix the things that don't
work very well, but sometimes i have to fix the things that don't work
very well in order to keep output levels reasonable, my next
priority is to modify machines that don't work very well if i can not