Thursday, June 30, 2011

7 Things that Randy Pausch Knows About Time Management

Most people saw Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture through the YouTube videos going around in 2009, 2010. 

His book The Last Lecture gives a little more depth to his presentation, his principles, and his life.  An interesting chapter in his book is when he talks about what he knows when it comes to time management.

Here are the 7 things he outlines (with some added thoughts):
  1. Time must be explicitly managed like money:  Hard to argue against this one; basically his advise is not to invest time on irrelevant details.

  2. You can always change your plan, but only if you have one:   Dwight D. Eisenhower says "The plan is useless but planning is essential."  Randy is a big believer in to-do lists (and most successful people are) because it helps us break life into small steps/projects to get what we want (or have to) done.

  3. Ask yourself: Are you spending your time on the right things?  You may have causes, goals, interests.  Are they worth pursuing? 

  4. Develop a good filing system:  Sounds a bit trivial; but indeed having a good filing system (whether it's in your file cabinet; or in some cloud-filing-solution) proves efficient and leads to increased productivity and decreased frustration.

  5. Rethink the telephone:  Living in a culture of excessive holds, voice-mails, conference calls; it's best to have strategies to deal with these situations.  There is a very funny cartoon-story by Oatmeal, check it out: 10 Reasons to Avoid Talking on the Phone.

  6. Delegate!  We all know that we have to delegate more.  Some know more than others; that helps in life and business to learn to delegate better.

  7. Take Time Out:  It's not a real vacation if you're reading email or calling in for messages.
Randy Pausch says:

" Time is all you have.  And you may find one day that you have less than you think."

You can get his book here: The Last Lecture

Monday, June 27, 2011

Dont' Complain, Just Work Harder ~ Randy Pausch

"Too many people go through life complaining about their problems.  I've always believed that if you took one-tenth the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you'd be surprised by how well things can work out."
Randy Pausch

You can buy Randy Pausch's book here: The Last Lecture

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Where do you go when you really need to get work done?

37 Signals Founder Jason Fried says that the your regular office isn't a good place to do get work done. Your regular office may include your brick-and-mortar daily office location (including your home office).

Where do you really go
when you really need to
get some serious work done?

Fried says he typically gets three kinds of answers to the above question, and the answers refer to either a place or a location, a moving object, or a time of day.

Such as:
  • A Place: Porch, Kitchen, Coffee-shop, or Coworking space
  • A Moving Object: A train, an airplane
  • or A Time Slot: Early morning, Late night etc.
The common thread in these answers is that your regular work environment is not always conducive to get serious work done.  In a traditional office there are interruptions and distractions mostly due to managers or scheduled or last-minute meetings.  In a home office there are interruptions and distractions such as the clutter in the office, the kids, the pets, the TV, the food in the refrigerator, the chores etc.

Here is the video from TED tals titled: "Why Work Doesn't Happen At Work:"

If you are a home-based business owner, a creative or tech freelancer, or if you even are a slave to a traditional office in Palm Coast and Flagler County landscape, try Office Divvy's private offices or coworking models to increase your productivity and get some serious work done.  

For a limited time we're giving away free coworking pass << so click on this link and get yours to try it out.

Monday, June 13, 2011

One More Short Blog Post On Success and Failure

" It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well have not have lived at all, in which case you failed by default."

JK Rowling

Watch this terrific piece on failures ranging from architecture, business, automobiles, politics and more, with the highlight of JK Rowling's speech at Harvard at the end:, if at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

Related Blog Posts on Success and Failure

Monday, June 6, 2011

Tony Bacigalupo on "Co" in Coworking Movement

Successful movements change the status-quo. Coworking is absolutely one of those movements.

Working independently, alongside others is a simple way of defining coworking. Coworking offers a solution to the problem of isolation that many freelancers experience while working at home, at the same time letting them escape the distractions of home (such as the TV, chores, refrigitator, pets etc.).

Here is a true co-working pioneer Tony Bacigalupo on New Work City (NWC) and Coworking as a Movement:

By the way, if you are looking for Coworking in Florida, we're now offering free coworking passes this Summer. Do click on the above link to get your free coworking pass now from Office Divvy in Palm Coast, FL!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Twitter's email notifications for mentions, retweets, favorites

Last week I wrote about how twitter announced the upcoming email notifications feature for Retweets, Mentions, and Favorites in my blog post titled "Twitter deals with the shortcoming of new retweet format."

The time seems to have come; the notifications are now active as of June 2, 2011.

Here's the notification received from twitter when our new twitter friend, Mr. Ian Leslie favorited one of our tweets:

Below is a comprehensive overview of the newly introduce notifications, why they have been put in place, and how to ensure they are setup to receive them:

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Are you obsessed about delivering value every day?

Great advice for Entrepreneurs from Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing Inc on Focus:

"Obsess about delivering value daily! No matter what you're selling, this is the most important thing you'll do.
It's about showing up. Treating their business as your own. Constantly thinking about their objectives and how to achieve them (including and beyond the scope of the product or service you're directly offering).
Value isn't defined by you, it's defined by the customer. Or the prospect who might still make a referral. Or the past customer who has a new project for you. The best entrepreneurs I know obsess about value and it permeates their organization."

...very well said Matt!  Kudos!