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Unread 09-19-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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Ok, not a Gantt Chart so much, but does anyone use a highly structured organizational and time management tool for when you compete?

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Ok, not a Gantt Chart so much, but does anyone use a highly structured organizational and time management tool for when you compete?

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Thanks. Detailed spread sheets would be fine.

I'm not actually looking for a suggestion of a tool as much as trying to find someone who actually uses one.

I need to speak with someone about it for Smoke Signals magazine.

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I do but it's something I make for each C/O but not a spread sheet.
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I actually do use a Gantt Chart, or used to before it became second nature. Still have it for visitors.
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Is it wrong that I feel at home with you guys after this thread? lol

I do have a box and whisker chart that resulted from a bbq experiment. BBQ geeks. ROTFL
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Okay, I'll bite: What's a Gantt chart? (((cluelessgirl)))
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I have one but never follow it
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I'm a project manager at work and use Gantt charts often. I'm not a fan of them
when there's detail along the way of one particular bar of the chart. Therefore I
use an Excel Spread Sheet with most every detail listed, from start time of the trimming
of the pork and who does it to the estimated finish time with tasks assigned at take-off
and placement in the cambro, then same thing for turnin prep, walk, and even on-site
prep and show in MBN.
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Here's what I use. I was originally going to put together a gantt chart but realized it would run long and I wanted to organize everything by time and activity while separating each meat. It's pretty simple really. I have the times in the 1st vertical row followed by each meat which I color code. If I have a lot of things going on within an hour I might take it down to a 15 or 10 minute time frame. When I have an activity or task to do in a time period, that time is changed to red and I fill in what needs to do in the time slot for which meat. When I have nothing to do it is black. Turn in times are blocked in red.
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I actually do use a Gantt Chart, or used to before it became second nature. Still have it for visitors.
Why doesn't that surprise me

I made a spreadsheet with my comp timeline and have it with us every week. Like Ryan, it is second nature now and i haven't referred to it for a long time.
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Hi,

Ok, not a Gantt Chart so much, but does anyone use a highly structured organizational and time management tool for when you compete?

Eric
Yep...but I call it a game plan...or timeline. It can be as simple as notes on scrap paper...or as complicated as a spreadsheet...it just keeps me on track when I`m runnin` on empty during crunch time.
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Used MS Project... ONCE... then got tired of having my laptop covered or sealed in a ziptop bag and went back to my old friend the whiteboard.
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I actually do use a Gantt Chart, or used to before it became second nature. Still have it for visitors.
Can I visit in Lynchburg, with a camera?
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Not sure what one of those charts are... But I have a timeline. Never really need it, but it is like a safety blanket... It makes me feel better having it...
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