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By the way | The best laid plans

Thanks to a regimented to-do list and a detective trainee, Catherine Burtinshaw relates the various successes of another month in practice

28 March 2013

I generally have a plan when I rock up to work each morning. Even if there is no specific structure to my day, such as meetings or scheduled telephone conferences, I will compile a mental hit list of files which need some attention. I also methodically review the irritating little box of Outlook reminders which pops up cheerfully to greet me as I log in. I used to have a compulsion about keeping my reminders to fewer than six, as that's the maximum number which can be viewed without having to scroll down the box. These days however, I'm doing well if it's less than 20.

Then there is my physical to do pile, which consists of papers carefully arranged in order of priority to the right hand side of my desk. To the untrained eye, it may all look a little chaotic, but I know precisely what is going on, and I hope that someone else could find their way around it fairly easily too if I'm ever unexpectedly unable to make it into work.

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