I just started listening to and reading this site in the last 8 months. I've been doing a lot of catch-up, and recently listened to the podcasts on time management and the "juggling koan".
I have a question, and I'm hoping someone can direct me to more podcasts or forum discussions germane to the topic.
My experiences regarding work time have been that my managers have taken an approach to putting time in at work that is largely self-managed. (I have been an IT employee for various manufacturing companies for 12 years). The approach can often be summed up as, "You aren't hourly - you are salary. You don't need to track what you are working on every hour. Put in a minimum of 45 hours each week, and be available on your cell for the rare off hours call. We don't keep track of sick time. Rather than be all sticklers on that, you should go home when the work is done."
One thing I took away from the time management and Juggling koan podcasts was that there is always work to be done, and everyone is going home with work unfinished. The key was finding WHICH work could be left undone. Which "balls" could be dropped from the juggle or delegated. I've not been in a position to delegate, so deciding which ball I could drop has been a challenge.
The management style of "go home when your work is done" and the time management recommendations appear to be at odds. I've assumed in the past that the more professional thing to do is to put in more time each week, which has been detrimental to my job satisfaction and to my family. Or, in my early career, I've taken the less professional route of letting slide ("ball drop") those things that won't get noticed. Things I felt were not getting me appreciated by my managers. Examples would be regular backup restore testing or fully error-handling my code for every possibility. I've learned to regret that option.
This management style seems very common, in my experience. If it is at odds with the time management and juggling koan recommendations, I'd love to be directed to podcasts and forum discussions that talk about it. If I'm wrong, and they aren't at odds, I'd love to be directed to podcasts or forum discussions that tell me how to make them work together better.