Archive for February, 2009

What type of problem are you trying to solve?

It appears to me that there are 2 main types of problems that people have to solve.  There are problems where you start off nowhere and have to determine a specific target.  Then there are problems where you start off somewhere and need to determine where and what the target is.  Another way to put it is that some problems are focused in nature and others are open in nature.  Maybe it’s best to illustrate with an example. Continue reading ‘What type of problem are you trying to solve?’

Improve Productivity to Tailoring your Desktop 3/3

For a large number of people the majority of their work is done in front of a computer.  Yet it surprises me how many people have a default desktop layout and have put very little thought into tailoring it to suit their needs.  I think you are missing out on a lot of potential gains by not doing this.  Now the desktop for me goes beyond just what you see on your screen.  The directory structure you use for storing files and also your physical work area layout play a part in how you will use your computer and are all important.  Over the next 3 posts I will focus on each of these and how you can make your life more pleasant and productive.  Continue reading ‘Improve Productivity to Tailoring your Desktop 3/3’

Improve productivity by Tailoring your Desktop 2/3

For a large number of people the majority of their work is done in front of a computer.  Yet it surprises me how many people have a default desktop layout and have put very little thought into tailoring it to suit their needs.  I think you are missing out on a lot of potential gains by not doing this.  Now the desktop for me goes beyond just what you see on your screen.  The directory structure you use for storing files and also your physical work area layout play a part in how you will use your computer and are all important.  Over the next 3 posts I will focus on each of these and how you can make your life more pleasant and productive.  In this post I will look at your physical work area. Continue reading ‘Improve productivity by Tailoring your Desktop 2/3’

Improve productivity by Tailoring your Desktop 1/3

For a large number of people the majority of their work is done in front of a computer.  Yet it surprises me how many people have a default desktop layout and have put very little thought into tailoring it to suit their needs.  I think you are missing out on a lot of potential gains by not doing this.  Now the desktop for me goes beyond just what you see on your screen.  The directory structure you use for storing files and also your physical desk layout play a part in how you will use your computer and are all important.  Over the next 3 posts I will focus on each of these and how you can make your life more pleasant and productive. Continue reading ‘Improve productivity by Tailoring your Desktop 1/3’

An easier lifestyle

Our lifestyles are increasingly getting faster paced.  The number of things we have to keep track of is increasing.  Complexity is growing.  Yet wasn’t technology supposed to make everything easier?  Why do we find ouselves having less and less time despite having technology that can do more and more for us?

I think a large part of it has to do with the process.  Let’s say a piece of technology, X, is created and it allow you to do a certain task, A, in 1/2 the time it used to take.  So the company you work for buys X and gives it to you who is doing task A and says something along the lines of “How funky is this” .  Typically the end result would be that you are now expected to do task A at roughly twice the rate.  Stress increases and job satisfaction reduces.  Why? Continue reading ‘An easier lifestyle’

Delegate and Prosper

We all have our strenghts and weaknesses.  We also have our passions.  The things we love to do.  The things we tend to be great at becase we can devote time,  attention and focus to them with little effort and because we really care for the end result and appreciate the finer details.  Wouldn’t life be great if you could spend most of your time working on these things? Imagine what amazing creations you could produce. Continue reading ‘Delegate and Prosper’

Analysing Yourself, Observing Others

One of my jobs is as an Academic at my University.  In this role I have been fortunate enough to do subject coordination,  lecturing and tutoring for a variety of subjects.  As a result I have been able to observe and explore the aproaches of many students from a diverse set of backgrounds including different countries,  cultures,  ages,  levels of experience, desires,  strengths and weaknesses and so on.  It has fascinated me to watch them learning and understand how they actually go about doing it. Continue reading ‘Analysing Yourself, Observing Others’

Learning is part of the process

For some people the thought of learning conjures up pictures of sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher blather on about something they are not particularly interested in.  Others think of it as the attaining of a new skill or piece of information.  When I think of learning,  I think of a process that is going on constantly.  It’s not just the aquiring of new ideas,  skills and knowledge.  It’s the refining of ideas,  skills and knowledge you also already have.  And your mind is doing this all the time,  with everything you do regardless of whether you want it to or not,  even in your sleep. Continue reading ‘Learning is part of the process’

Fading into the background

Have you ever got a new gadget or gizmo and used it heaps at first but then slowly lost interest?  Thought it’s features were great at first but later on wondered why you got so excited?  Chances are you fell into a common trap in that you were focused on the features and not how it would fit into your overall workflow. Continue reading ‘Fading into the background’

It’s all about the process

Well it’s not all about the process. The process can have a lot to do with it though. Especially if what it is that you are interested in, is Success. Another term for process in work flow. As the saying goes: If you just do what you’ve always done, you’ll just get what you’ve always got. Following a similar line of logic, if you just do the same as does your competition, how can you stand out and be a winner? Continue reading ‘It’s all about the process’