Tag Archives: Tasks

Temporary Tests for MCC Black Creek Pioneer Village

I’ve added a new page, with sub-pages, and changed the WordPress theme from “Spectrum” to “Elegant Grunge” while I prepare to copy the MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) Toronto Mennonite Festival (Black Creek Pioneer Village Relief Sale) (BCPV) site from another platform to WordPress.

MCC (Canada) is a Mennonite relief organization. The BCPV Relief Sale is one of their many fund-raising events, held every September in Toronto.

My apologies to anyone who dislikes the change. It is necessary because the “Spectrum” theme does not support sub-pages, at least not without tweaking.

Plus a New Permanent Page

I am also adding the “Directory of DeHaan Web Sites” page to this site. This is a no-brainer; it perfectly fulfills the purpose of this site.

So, why has it taken me over a month to think of doing it?

Web Design Tip: Remember to do the obvious, especially after getting past the tricky technical tasks.

WordPress Web Design Tip

Two really important web design decisions are:

  • How many columns?
  • How many sub-pages?

Some bloggers may hardly notice whether they are dealing with one, two or three columns; at least, not at a conscious level. It is a pretty obvious feature, so it will get some attention. This site has two columns.

The number of sub-pages can be critical to business sites. A blogger might get away with the main blog, plus an “About” page. A business might want “About”, “Sales”, “Service” and “Contact” as separate main pages, and then a series of sub-pages for each. For example, “About: History”, “About: Founders”, “About: Community Involvement” may follow under “About”. Each product line might have a separate sub-page under “Sales”.

For an information site, such as the MCC BCPV site, it is important to organize the pages to lead visitors to easily find the information they need, while also supporting casual browsing from page to page.

You could refer to my DeHaan Services site for an example of three columns and sub-pages under “About”.

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Multi-Tasking, or Stirring All the Pots

This post will be brief, since I am fully engaged with one client’s work and also need to stir the other simmering pots.

That might be the best image for this post: a chef keeping several pots and pans cooking without scorching.

The inspiration for this article is something I see myself doing from time to time. I become very busy with one project, then get stuck with some niggling problem. Suddenly my productivity dives.

The solution seems to be to resume working on something else. Keep other activities going!

Clearly there is the danger of allowing small tasks to prevent the big one from getting done. It is important to do the most important things first. But eventually that will prevent anything else from being completed.

TIPS:

  1. If one task gets stuck, start another…rather than just taking a break.
  2. Regardless of tip #1, try to focus on the most important task.
  3. An alternative to tips 1 and 2 is: budget your time (2 hours for the top job; every other task gets 15 minutes).

I need to get back to my other tasks now…