You don’t like what you’re doing at work… do something else.
You can’t do something else at work, get a hobby… it will push you in the right direction.
You don’t like doing anything at all? Now that’s a big fat lie.
There’s always something else… that can make you happy.
There’s no magic fairy that is going to come along and fix everything. You’re not that lucky, nobody is.
Change, work harder, and it will pay off.
Next time you think about loosing one more minute trying to re-create in your mind or asking questions about something that only takes 30 seconds to try…don’t. Just try it. See if it works. I’m sure it will.
I really need to be able to write in multiple languages, using multiple keyboard layouts and I managed to oversee this aspect while migrating to my new system… well, it’s time to fix it.
I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile and I finally got the chance to do it. I’ve updated some clipart on OCAL, you can take a look at some of them.
Here’s one of the cliparts:
Lately I’ve seen a lot of people posting and tweeting, bragging about how zero their inbox is. This is funny and sad at the same time.
It’s funny because they’re getting it wrong… it’s never about having an empty inbox. It’s sad because at the end of the day they have an empty inbox but they didn’t get anything done… they were too busy getting their inbox to zero
Maybe the name ruins it all.
Maybe people get it as “I should spend as much time as possible checking my email, cleaning it, moving it to folders or deleting it so I can get it out of my mind, because that has some sort of psychological effect, relieving me of my pains and stress”, taking it from an ongoing habit to permanent effort.
It’s ironic that something meant to help sort things out and liberate more time for creative and productive work… actually transforms into a time-consuming and stressful (“not at inbox zero yet… have to get there… omg”) activity.
Think about this: If you’re checking your email every 5 minutes, you’re checking for new email 24.000 times per year.
What’s worse is that it turns into some sort of procrastination aid.
It feels like productive work, because you are clearing stuff out. Right? You are advancing and getting somewhere. Right?
Well, no. Inbox zero isn’t somewhere.
Don’t set your goal to have inbox zero… set your goal to actually get more things done right, both in quantity and quality and you’ll get somewhere.
Looking though some old links I had stored stone-age style (in a text file in a folder I hadn’t looked in for years) I found a link to a wonderful collection of quotes gathered by Eugene Fink.
- Life is too important to take seriously. (Corky Siegel)
- If you don’t care where you are, then you ain’t lost.
- You cannot successfully determine beforehand which side of the bread to butter.
- I didn’t know it was impossible when I did it.
- Conceptual Inertia: If you think big enough, you’ll never have to do it.
- It’s not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. (Phil White)
- An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible.
- Everywhere is walking distance if you have time. (Steven Wright)
You can enjoy more of them at: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~eugene/quotes/index.html