I’m cheating a bit here as this is a 2-4-1 I have never really been a fan of all the ‘productivity porn’ thats out there and particularly dislike the cult of GTD and ‘inbox zero’. That said I do seem to be underwater an awful lot at work these days so could clearly do with a little guidance on how to keep from drowning.
Both these articles are much more based in my reality than most of the stuff out there. As a classic middle manager I pretty much have to be available to my team, my boss and my peers all the time – I use the headphones as ‘fortress of solitude’ technique more than I should I think but its tended to be the only way I can carve out some time to actually fight through my to-do list (either that or work from home but that creates a different set of problems.) I think between these two articles I I can see some tools I can use – whether I actually commit to using them is a different matter.
This has been doing the rounds for a week or so. The goal of the website is to create short, rated descriptions of all those social media ‘terms and conditions’ we all accept without reading. Its clearly a great idea as it shines a light on just how terrible some of these ‘ToS’ are. Will be interesting to watch as it grows and whether if has any knockon effect to the companies named and shamed.
Last week was the latest edition of YRS – and from the Twitter buzz it seems to have once again been a huge success. I just thought I’d highlight this one winning hack just because the idea is so flipping brilliant (I have no idea if it works!). Basing directions on ‘landmarks’ is such a wonderfully human-friendly idea. I navigate Bristol essentially using pubs as points of references and I don’t think I have ever given or received directions without landmarks being used for context. Great stuff.