SAP Mentors are amazing. They really help to move the needle in the SAP community, influencing or even co-innovating with SAP, all while having a successful career on their own and, as far as I can tell, balancing their busy work schedule with friends and family, too. On top of that, they often find time to give back by volunteering for a cause of their choice.

How do they do it?

Personally I’m struggling a bit with my schedule. I have too many emails in my inbox. This announcement blog post should have been out weeks ago so that it could have been in the SCN announcement cycle, such as on the SCN home page or in newsletters. For years, I’ve wanted to fully implement David Allen’s GTD methodology, but didn’t find the time or, more accurately, didn’t really make time for it.

To procrastinate further, I put together a public SAP Mentor Monday webinar in order to find out:

  • What are SAP Mentors doing to be so productive?
  • How is work/life balancing really working out for them?

Recording availabe here: https://sap.na.pgiconnect.com/p30ttu00ntu/

Please join us on Monday 30th of September at 1:00 p.m. PST

Participant Passcode: 170 133 7730

SAP Mentor Monday additional dial-in information

We have three main panelists, each of whom will briefly share how they get so much stuff done. As a little teaser, I asked each of them to share one tip before the webinar.

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Thomas Jung Jung was recently the presenter at the super-successful HANA development MOOC. For many years, he was the top contributor to SCN in the ABAP space and seemed to make presentations all over the world on an almost weekly basis. He once admitted to get up at 4:00 in the morning, because that’s when there was the most action on SCN’s ABAP and BSP forums.

His tip: Take screenshots of what you do for later reuse. I take screen shots all day long and use Camtasia SnagIt to automatically catalog them by date. It’s not just useful for blogging, but I often find myself going back for all kinds of reasons. It’s almost like a journal of what I was working on.

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Tammy Powlas seem to be everywhere on SCN as well as SAP and ASUG conference presentations. During this week’s SAP Mentor Monday, she ran another session where she shared her BI expertise.

Her tip, which she learned years ago from a book called How To Stop Worrying and Start Living: “Create a list of things to do today,” ideally the night before. She herself does it the first thing in the morning and then crosses off completed items.

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Jon Reed shifted his career path on the fly a number of times. At one point he ran an SAP recruiting firm. Now he’s a successful blogger and ERP analyst with video taking on a key role. He credits a creative approach to time management with making these shifts.. Jon has the amazing ability to stay levelheaded when the emotions run high within the SAP Mentors and brings us forward.

He went beyond the call of duty and gave 3 tips, 2 I am sharing here: Using Dropbox (or similar tools) to sync content across devices (you want to have an “I can work from anywhere mentality.

Protect your ability to unplug to get key deliverables done–use filtering tactics to have “degrees of unpluggability,” from “fully available,” to “available to key clients/employer only,” to “family/emergencies only.” Use additional email addresses, alerts, or apps to improve such filtering rather than defaulting all your emails to one device you can’t turn off when you are awake.

Really looking forward to the upcoming SAP Mentor Monday webinar. I am convinced that one of the keys to a happy life is the satisfaction of making a difference, even if it is a small one. These tips help us all to go from thinking about solutions to actually implementing them.

Even before the webinar, it would be awesome if you would use the comments section to share one tip that really helps you to get stuff done.May be I get to inbox zero one day too.

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      1. Mark Finnern Post author

        Thanks Tammy, yes Monday in a week the 30th it is. I also thought that Vijay Vijayasankar latest blog is relevant. Doesn’t sound super balanced if you can’t switch off during vacation time though. Hope he joins the conversation too, Mark.

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  1. Andy Silvey

    Hi Mark,

    great blog and thought leadership.

    You hit a subject which is close to my heart and one which I have wanted

    to blog for some time, I was trying to think of a different title though without

    using the words balance work and life, but so far I couldn’t think of an

    alternative 🙂

    Anyway, something I would like to add, if anybody in any walk of life has

    any doubts about the time they are spending with their family and their

    connection with their family, especially if they have a young family, then

    my advice is,

    I watched this film with my children in the summer and what a wake up call

    I got !

    So my tip is not really about getting stuff done (I use the same technique as

    Tammy keeping a diary), but my tip is, shall we say, for us all to take a one

    and a half hour audit of our doubts as to whether we are spending enough time

    with and connecting closely enough with our families by watching the 1964 film,

    Mary Poppins.

    All the best,

    Andy.

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  2. Kumud Singh

    It would be very interesting to attend this session as I personally don’t believe that ‘balancing’ is good all the time. I am not able to recall the article or book I read that said, unbalancing is needed ‘at times’ and ‘many times’ to get things done and I accept that. This happens time to time with me. Looking forward to this, Mark.

    Regards,

    Kumud

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  3. Rahul Fern

    I aggree with Thomas Jung idea of taking screen shots

    I do it as well, i take screen shots and write a bit about it. like steps and create my own tutorial for dummies 🙂

    I put in a lot of details, people who have seen it say i put too many details

    But i have found, sometimes i wont need to do the same thing for six month or more

    and these detailed steps and screen shots help refresh my memory and i am able to do it again the same way i did it the first time

    Regards

    Rahul

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    1. Andy Silvey

      Hi Rahul,

      I do exactly the same and have done for years and years.

      there are so many activities especially in the Basis area which we do once a year and there is nothing worse than figuring something out and then having the same task a year later and not remembering how to do it.

      Hence the lesson from the failure of not documenting is to practice the approach you nicely describe.

      All the best,

      Andy.

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  4. Angad Singh

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the tips.

    It seems I have already been doing these:

    SnagIt – for recording my work and screenshots

    Evernote – to keep notes on small projects

    Google Calendar- for reminders to finish projects and attend events (webcasts)

    Google Drive – to sync all my work

    Different Devices to distribute social media traffic, emails and alerts

    However, I am still so much behind. I believe there is one more factor “lazy”. I have just been lazy

    Thanks again

    Regards

    Angad

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  5. Suseelan Hari

    Hi Mark,

    Good Day!

    Mentoring matters in a hyper-competitive world and its really tough task. I understand the pain and its very difficult to balance our life. Hats off to all the Mentors who spends time and dedicate themselves for us to improve our skills and provide quality outputs in our SCN community. You people are backbone for SCN success & keep SCN clean. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful blog and I like all the comments from Thomas Jung, Tammy Powlas and Jon Reed.

    Regards,

    Hari Suseelan

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