Archive for January, 2013

Fear of Loss

Now here’s a quote for you:

Employees do not fear change – they fear loss: loss of status, loss of power, loss of freedom to make decisions, and loss of purpose.

It comes courtesy of Judith Glaser and her DRIVE methodology, part of her Creating WE offering.

Makes sense really – and completely re-frames the whole “change management” chestnut that is rolled out in organisations all the time.

 

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Getting Things Done – Boost Your Productivity

No, this is not an article on the GTD todo list or task management system.  But it is in the same field – a simple method of organising yourself and your day so that you actually end up achieving what you want to achieve (and not procrastinate with following interesting tidbits of trivia and doing urgent work (see my previous post on achieving priorities) or just wasting time to get through another day – and paycheck).

This article is by Sami Paju who blogs on positive psychology, productivity and human performance according to his blog byline.  I have just come across this blog, but it is rather interesting and serves up useful tidbits (there I go again, wasting my time on tidbits – just like I am not supposed to do!).  Subscribe to his blog and give him a go.

The productivity article, some of which I have reproduced below to give you a flavour of the full thing, is about organising what you should be doing into chunks of 30 or 60 minutes in a calendar, as proper diary entries – just as if they were important meetings which you have to attend (and be prepared for).  It certainly works and worth remembering whenever you hit a rut.  Enjoy … …

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Achieving Priorities

Quora just posted an interesting article entitled: “How to master your time“, written by Oliver Emberton.  A little simplistic in places and occasionally brutal, it nevertheless provides an important reminder on how to go about achieving something that you want to achieve, rather than continually distracting yourself into a zero output oblivion.

I am sure that Oliver won’t mind me reproducing the core elements of what he said – go read the original – it has some nice little pictures in it … …

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Conversation as Ephemera

Now, I find this concept rather interesting: http://bokardo.com/archives/calling-snapchat-the-sexting-app-misses-a-huge-shift-in-mobile-photos-and-communication/

The basic premise is that, in the past, engaging in a conversation was totally ephemeral – it was NOT recorded for posterity, unless someone specifically wanted it to be recorded.  Hence, laws regulating taking secret recordings – people have to give explicit permission to be recorded.  Many computer products want to record everything for all eternity – thereby potentially leading to embarrassing or legally difficult situations in the future (those awful pictures of one when drunk, or the inappropriate status update or comment, which are available for everyone to see forever on Facebook).  But this is not what is necessarily intended by the participants, nor desired and maybe we should be moving back to ephemeral events (conversations, statements, comments, photos, etc) and only explicitly recording some as worthy of posterity.

 

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10 Technology Trends for 2013

Around this time of the year (ie New Year’s), people do like predicting what is going to happen in the forthcoming year.  Apart from the obvious “game” (chortling at the predictions from years gone by which have nowhere near come true), there still is usefulness associated with both preparing as well as reviewing predictions for the future.  They do assist in focussing one’s thoughts, thinking through issues of importance, identifying directions and informing action.

So, in this spirit, Lunarpages (who are great hosting providers, in the same league as Dreamhost, also great hosting providers), offer their 10 Technology Trends for 2013.  Enjoy!

I could not just leave it with the Lunarpages futures.  Here are a couple of extras …

  • A “liquid” screen which raises real buttons/keys when required (and they disappear when not required for typing), from Tactus Technology (see TechCrunch article);

 

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