Week 5 PMWC check-in

How is everyone?!

Like Comment


How were everyone's weekends? There is a lot of stuff in this week's material, so hope you are getting on ok! A couple of thoughts from me :) 

Does anyone think they might start using the trackers or any other PMWC documents? Or perhaps you have a different tool that you like that you could share with the group? One tool I’ve been using for almost a year on a personal level for planning life and work is bullet journaling. I was a bit sceptical at first, as when I was researching it there were lots of Instagram images of pretty looking notebooks with beautiful doodles, and that just wasn’t going to be me! But I brought myself a yellow notebook, and I have to say, it has succeeded my expectations. I really enjoy the physical act of writing rather than relying on the computer so much. More info here: https://bulletjournal.com/. 

A couple of weeks ago we had a poll about potential barriers to starting your own conservation organisation. There was some interesting discussion below the post, including some wise words from Stella that I would recommend reading. Starting your own organisation is quite a scary thought, but conservation, more than ever, needs people who can think in innovative and creative ways. The job market is tough, but the skills you’ve learnt during this training could help you set up your own conservation organisation. Here is a post from Adam Barlow, WildTeam Executive director with his thoughts about setting up a conservation organisation. 

If you have any questions please get in touch. 
Hope you are all well.
Beth  🦆🐝🦋🐌🐞

Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
187 Contributions
16 Following


Go to the profile of Beckie Garbett
10 months ago

Thanks for the post Beth! I don't journal at the moment, but I also like to physically write and am desperately trying to minimise unnecessary screen time, so I'm going to look into buying the bullet journal book!

In terms of implementing the PMWC trackers and other docs, I'm going to introduce these to the NGO project that I volunteer with at the moment. 

I really enjoyed Adam Barlow's podcast episode on the Conservation Careers podcast for anyone else that fancy's checking it out. I really enjoy all of the CC podcasts, and find them SO useful in so many ways. The way Adam talks about starting your own NGO and creating your dream job rather than seeking it is really inspiring and is making me re-think things somewhat! His story about how much he keeps bugging a guy to give him a chance to start a project is funny! 

Getting down to business, I have some feedback on the creation of the quarterly report. Because in the project work plan I'd used forthcoming dates for major and minor milestones and tasks (pretending to create an actual work plan) it didn't pull together my Q1 report properly. I had to change the reporting period for the report so that it pulled in the milestones information, and the report summary didn't show any summary graphs or anything as it should. However, I do get how the process works and how to produce the report. In case you view the report and wonder what's happened!  

Go to the profile of Samantha Reynolds
10 months ago

Hi Beth, 
I love planning and organising and have down this in different ways over the years, both at work and in my personal life. At work the way I plan has varied if I'm working alone or managing a team, and also how many different projects I'm working on (the nature of the work means I have sometimes had my fingers in a lot of pies). Whether alone or managing a team I've always kept a planner to record my own tasks and this has always been on paper. For the last couple of years, I've been using a Filofax with a 'week on two pages' set up. However, I've found that I like to write really detailed and broken down lists so for 2021 I've switched to a 'day on two pages' setup and I am very excited with all the space I'm going to have each day. I like to not only keep a to-do list but also a list of achievements (or major and minor milestones) and have found this really useful when updating my CV but also on days when I'm feeling like a fraud or that I haven't achieved anything. 

In my most recent role, I worked closely with an intern and we planned and recorded everything in Google Calendar. It was really helpful as we could easily look back at what we did last week or month and could also pen in events way in the future. You can also link it to Google Tasks and Google Keep.

Go to the profile of Rosheen
10 months ago

Hi All

This is all good food for thought. On a personal or even professional task (eg moving clinics) I need to hand write a hurried dot point stream of thought, and start breaking the task down to manageable. Then clean it up in headings and dot points as a todo list however all gets done but a bit stressful as not as efficent and documented. ThE PMWC approach gives clear tool to organise effectively.