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Connor McDonald

Thanks for the question, Rajeshwaran.

Asked: September 01, 2022 - 4:39 am UTC

Last updated: September 05, 2022 - 5:58 am UTC

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You being busy (answering questions at Asktom, creating technical videos, persenting at user group conference, office hours, blogpost, spotify podcast,
replying to technical questions over various internal forums like slack channels etc) in the Oracle space, How do you manage your time efficiently to get to know all new exciting stuffs in the Oracle database world
( general database features, Autonomous database, APEX, ORDS etc)

How do you start your day and proritize your day to day time for all these activies ?
do you have any organized notes/timeframe that you put to work to know all these areas?
any tips on time managment, that would help us to improve our time utilization

and Connor said...

I would describe my day as "running around like a headless chicken trying not to switch between 40 things at once" :-)

I wish I had a great answer for you :-) The only advice I can really give is

- Start the day with some "self" time (maybe an hour). Use that to tinker, browse twitter, stackoverflow, blogs, etc etc... At least this way, if the day gets swamped with other stuff, you've at least had an hour of something that *might* offer some personal development

- Then pick items that have the highest priority (eg deadline approaching etc). Focus on those for as long as you can before the inevitable interruptions start coming in. I'll typically put things like Slack, Outlook etc in a separate desktop window so I cant see them. I'll check on them from time to time, but I wont let them "dominate" unless a crisis occurrs

- Ideally some AskTom every day, but the reality is, I don't get as much time as I'd like to spend on it this time of year (being "conference season").

If you come up with a magical cure to scheduling the day - let me know :-)

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