Recurring tasks are projects?
OK - so I teach a class once a month. There are certain things I do at the start of the year (or semester) to get things going in general - general outlines, etc...
But then, before each class there is a certain amount of prep time as well.
How does that look on a project list?
Once I get the initial planning done, how do I keep it current so that the before class planning doesn't get forgotten and pushed aside?
What is the name of a project like this?
I ask because many I have many such commitments.
recuring tasks as projects
To me, if the recurring task is so automatic you need hardly think about it (e.g. brush your teeth before going to bed), save maybe to ensure that supplies are at hand, it is not a project. Similarly if the time involved is automatically there for you it is routine; that is, you and everyone who is impacted by your schedule knows about it and expects that you do this. But, if you are trying to make it automatic or it has themes and variations that require a little more mental or physical energy, or other things need to be running along or projects can emerge that could could bump your focus off this one, you might define it as a project. Also, for me, many monthly tasks end up having a kind of novelty because of their infrequency and hence they are projects. I forget how I did it from one month to the next or there is room to make if different. Depending on how much contorol you have over your schedule and your preference, you might want to try to do something weekly as part of the preperation or follow-up (this works for someone with a lot of self-discipline, not necessarily all the time). Or find another way to spread the actions out over time since you just have a deliverable monthly.