The Marshmallow Study Revisited - New study
MiniBook - The 3 Pillars of Personal Effectiveness
Video: Story about Johnny that delights people
Stop working in 2 or more projects
6 great tips for a great story
Do you focus on the details? via @codinghorror
For the DoD, Agile became the law
Do you write things down? via @GettingResults
Great list with reasons for writing things down:
- Your mind lies
- Think on Paper <— my fav
- Organize your thoughts
- It sinks in better
- Free up your mind <— my fav
- Calm your mind
- Let things go
- Avoid task saturation
- Rehydrate ideas
- Shelve things
3 habits that help
- Bring a pen and paper on the go
- Keep a journal of one-liner insights and reminders
- Do periodic “Brain Dumps.”
1 tip I would add is to regularly “groom” the notes.
- Look over your notes
- Organize them better
- Throw some away
- Put similar ones together
- Reflect on them
9 Ways to Add 12 Years to Your Life
This reminded me of some TDD sessions I did, where I tried to scramble around code until I made the test green. My thoughts about here
A better approach would have been to think about the problem more in advance and then start coding. TDD works but you still need to think!!
How do you solve problems?
Do you use a synthetic approach?
4 key features that characterise “flow”:
- intense and focused absorption that makes you lose all sense of time
- autotelicity (“having a purpose in and not apart from itself”)
- finding the “sweet spot”, a feeling that your skills are perfectly matched to the task at hand, leaving you neither frustrated nor bored
- flow is characterised by automaticity, the sense that “the piano is playing itself”, for example.
Don’t try this at home: hook brain up to a 9-volt battery and use that to train and exercise. Faster to get in the “flow”
The mild electrical shock is meant to depolarise the neuronal membranes in the region, making the cells more excitable and responsive to inputs.
transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) —> #brainFry ???
People trying this at home…
There are great techniques and exercises to improve your reading speed. Google “Speed reading”.
But for proof reading a text you really need to slow down…
From the article:
Most errors in written work are made unconsciously
- Faulty information from the kinesthetic memory. If you have always misspelled a word like “accommodate”, you will unthinkingly misspell it again.
- A split second of inattention. The mind works far faster than the pen or typewriter.
It is twice as hard to detect mistakes in your own work as in someone else’s!
Great article about “failure” and “mistakes”.
What we really need is “fail fast”.
Similar quote ( I think facebook uses this as a motto as well)
“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and that means you’re not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more changes to learn and win.”
John W Holt Jr
Great way to see a challenge/problem from different angles!
How to remember the colors and what they mean?
- White = Data
Imagine a white box, where you see through and look at just data
- Red = Emotions, gut feeling
Imagine fire that is red and in motion
- Yellow = Positive
- Black = Negative
- Blue = Thinking
Imagine deep blue, the chess computer that thinks about thinking
- Green = Creativity, provocation
Imagine Peter Pan, that provokes, invents and is creative
Try to order these statements to their corresponding color
- What do we know?
- What is the subject?
- We could double X by doing Y.
- What information do we have?
- We found a lot of benefits to this idea.
- Could we implements this like X?
- Doing X would be great!
- This idea is not very attractive.
- What do we need or miss?
- Does this feel alright?
- I can see a big problem X with this.
- What is the focus of this meeting?
- Here is an interesting alternative.
- What are we thinking about?
- What is our goal?
- This costs too much.
As always more good stuff on the C2 wiki
Nice post (as most posts on Trizle are) that brings it to the point.
This is basically the start of Getting Things Done (GTD)