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By Taymar Pixley | Friday, April 01, 2011

What we learned from the new Time Management Fundamentals course

Taymar Pixley, lynda.com live action director

Taymar Pixley, lynda.com live action director, shares her team's experiences after working on our new time management course.

Time management is something that I have always struggled with personally, so I was a little nervous about directing the course Time Management Fundamentals, which released to the lynda.com Online Training Library® this week. I imagined that the author, productivity expert Dave Crenshaw, would be a highly organized, type-A personality who might look down on my less-organized self.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dave is a very down-to-earth, approachable person. He has had his own struggles with staying organized, and these led to his success in creating such an effective system and teaching it to others who struggle with the same problems.

What a relief it was for me to realize that Dave wasn’t a naturally organized perfectionist teaching principles that would never work for someone like me. Because Dave is a renowned author, presenter, and consultant on the topic, I took every opportunity to glean as much information as I could from him while we worked together to create this course. And since I figured everyone on the crew would probably also benefit from Dave’s expertise, I asked Dave to assign us a bit of homework each day of the two-week shoot based on the movies we had shot that day. We learned a lot, and I asked the crew to share some of their favorite tips they picked up while working on this course.

The team’s tips

Loren Hillebrand, production leadLoren Hillebrand, production lead “Organizing always seemed overwhelming to me because I wouldn’t know where to start.  While working on this I was able to see what steps I could take, and it feels doable now.  My wife and I are planning on watching this together to tackle some of our clutter.”
Josh Figatner, production leadJosh Figatner, production lead “What I learned from working on this course helped me to organize my email inbox, which was no small feat. I had over 4,000 unsorted emails. Now my inbox is one of my main gathering points. When things come in I’m able to get to them quickly, instead of it just functioning as a big generic bin for all of my messages, it’s all sorted. Stuff comes in and I’m able to see it and take care of it in a timely fashion.”
Jeff Layton, training producer “One action item I took while working on this course was to consolidate my voicemail accounts. As a producer, I often returned to my desk after a stretch of days in the recording booth and found that I had new messages awaiting my response. After working on this course, I programmed my desk phone to automatically forward all calls to my cell phone. Not only do I not miss any calls, but I now have only one voicemail account to check.”
Kirk Werner, senior training producer “After working with Dave and the rest of the team during our course prep, I set up a consolidated email inbox where my desk phone calls are forwarded as an audio file to my work email. I also built more than a dozen email rules where non-essential emails are shuffled to a folder to be dealt with during my daily email processing. Now I can focus on the important messages and deal with them appropriately.”

My favorite tip from Dave is something that is not in the course, but that he mentioned to me in conversation. Since Dave works at home, he schedules a half an hour at the end of his work day to play video games. This allows him to switch gears so that he can be really present for his wife and children. I think that this is a great tip for anyone who works at home or who has trouble turning their brain off after a long work day.

Swtiching gears and making time

Working on this course was really life-changing for me. The weekend after we finished I bought supplies and set out to apply some of the principles that I learned. I have a seven year old whose room was out of control.  Together we gathered everything that was out of place, and created a home for it just as I had learned from the course. It was an amazing transformation, and since then my son has been able to keep his room organized because everything has a place. (Content manager Bonnie Bills recently blogged about how she too was able to apply the techniques in the course to her home life as well as her work life.)

Now that the course has been released I am excited to watch it again, and apply more of these techniques to my life. I hope you will take the time to watch it. I can’t think of anything better that you could do for yourself than to give the gift of more time.

photos by Lucas Deming, photographer and colorist

By Megan O. Read | Monday, March 08, 2010

Product designer Dave Schultze joins the ranks of lynda.com authors

This past week at lynda.com we had an impressive showcase of talent.

Dave Schultze is a new author at lynda.com. He is recording Rhino training for those of you in the 3D field. He teaches Toy Design at Otis College of Art and Design, and his body of work is impressive to say the least. You may already be familiar with the toys and products he has deigned for his company SchultzeWORKS, such as the singing toothbrushes for Hasbro.

The Philco PC, designed by new lynda.com author, Dave Schultze.

The beautiful and sleek Philco PC was featured in any number of magazines, but most recently, it was entered in the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA Awards).

Clockwise, from far left: author Chris Orwig, lynda.com co-owner and founder Bruce Heavin, supervising training producer Max Smith, content manager for 3D/Video George Maestri, author relations manager Megan O. Read, author Deke McClelland, content manager Cynthia Scott (standing), author Dave Schultze, training producer Kirk Werner, and author David Blatner.

Dave was in good company with Chris Orwig, David Blatner, and Deke McClelland all working away in the recording booths and live action stages to bring you some new training. We took all of the authors and a few local content managers out on the town for some creative brainstorming and pasta. We are looking forward to sharing their training with you soon.

By Joe Randeen | Wednesday, February 10, 2010

In the lynda.com studio: Scott Hirsch

Scott Hirsch working on his upcoming title in a lynda.com recording booth.

Last week we had the pleasure of Scott Hirsch joining us in the lynda.com studio to record a Logic Pro 9 course. Scott is a sound designer, editor and mixer for film and video, musician, and audio engineer. His credits include audio post production work on films like the Sundance Film Festival 2010 short The Visitors, and recording, mixing, composing, and playing with bands such as The Family Band, Hiss Golden Messanger, and The Amateurs. In addition, he’s taught at audio engineering schools and is a certified Digidesign and Apple audio instructor and authored the book, Pro Tools 7 Session Secrets: Professional Recipes for High-Octane Results (Wiley), Scott truly has passion for audio/music and that clearly came across when I sat down and talked to him about his work.

Scott and I shared about that moment in our history when we knew first realized what we wanted to do in life.

“The moment I overdubbed my first track, I knew I was hooked,” said Scott. For me it was very similar: It was the first time I tracked in the studio. Scott and I both cut our teeth on tape. It’s wild to think how different it would have been, had we access to the power of tools like Logic, as we do today. Not only is Logic a powerful DAW (digital audio workstation) but it is an amazing song creation tool.

Scott is a very talented instructor and I anticipate that there will be quite a number of those moments from members watching this upcoming tutorial, in addition to a few potential ah-ha! moments from those already familiar with Logic. His nine-plus years of teaching digital audio have brought indispensable knowledge and boundless creativity to his students. I found his enthusiasm and knowledge infectious. When I got home after our talk, I couldn’t help but fire up Logic and take a look at some of topics he had been recording that day in the studio.

Keep an eye open for Scott’s new titles coming out soon.

Senior Training Producer Kirk Werner, Scott Hirsch, Acquisitions Manager/Audio Joe Randeen.

By Megan O. Read | Monday, December 21, 2009

Content inspiration and think-tank week at lynda.com

Last week at lynda.com, all of our off-site staff authors, acquisitions managers, content managers, and the like were in town for the company holiday party and to take part in week-long think-tank meetings to plan the content for the lynda.com Online Training Library® in the coming months. It’s always inspiring to get everyone together, and admittedly, a bit exhausting to generate so many great ideas!

Counter clockwise from lower left: Laurie Burruss, George Maestri, Jan Kabili, Samara Iodice, Auriga Martin, Jim Heid, Toby Malina, Max Smith, Cynthia Scott, Joel Fugazzotto, Bonnie Bills, Kirk Werner, Garrick Chow, Joe Randeen, Tanya Staples, Megan O. Read.

Clockwise from lower left: Laurie Burruss (in checked shirt), George Maestri, Jan Kabili, Samara Iodice, Auriga Martin, Jim Heid, Toby Malina, Max Smith, Cynthia Scott, Joel Fugazzotto, Bonnie Bills, Kirk Werner, Garrick Chow, Joe Randeen, Tanya Staples, Megan O. Read.

To let off a little steam and relax, the entire content development team went to dinner and a movie. Not just any movie, though! One of our very own cinematographer/directors here at lynda.com, Jacob K. Cunningham, screened his first film Thy Will Be Done in downtown Ventura. It was great to see so many people at the screening, and to support one of our own talented people in their creative endeavors.

Jacob K. Cunningham at his film screening.

Jacob K. Cunningham at his film screening.

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