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A bit of effort now will save time and stress in the future, hopefully!

I’m a great believer in the benefits of streamlining systems to make repetitive tasks quicker and easier. It seems obvious, but I’m often surprised at how many times I see people choosing to repeatedly do something the difficult way rather than spend a few moments setting up a process to make all future occurrences quicker and easier. I’m in the habit of doing this with most repeating tasks (within reason). I set up prerecorded Photoshop actions for frequent tasks, I use Automator scripts to instantly create new sets of folders and files for different job types, I file all digital assets that I create so that I can easily use them again without the need to recreate them. I even create process lists so I don’t have to keep remembering and reinventing complex tasks that I perform less frequently. These things take a small amount of time to initially set up, but they make life much easier and tasks much quicker from then on.

when I run my vacation care and classroom activities it frequently takes me an hour to set up and just as long to pack away. One of my trolleys carry a selection of equipment and cables; a laptop or two, a projector, amplified speaker, a printer and all of the related cables and chargers. Up until now I have had to unload the trolly, find suitable positions for everything, cable everything up and plug it all into the mains. In an attempt to streamline this process I have created a trolly rack that holds all of this equipment in a useable manner, pre cabled and ready to go. I simply plug a single cable into the mains and i’m ready.

It took me a little time to create, but I believe the savings in time, effort and stress will be considerable, not to mention the reduced disturbance it has on the class or OSHC centre. It has also made it possible for me to hold two animation sessions a day, allowing me to pack up, get to my second session and set up again in reasonable time.

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