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May 25, 2011

Hurry up and wait

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

Have you ever dropped someone off just to wait them to return?
… did you atleast have something to read?

Have you ever launched a long running task on your computer?
… did you atleast made yourself a sandwich?

Such are the times you know when it’s time to start looking at other tasks during the wait.

Sometimes you have to wait. It’s how you spend that time that makes the difference.

Craig has put together extensive list of things to work on while waiting.

  1. Plan for the Wait
  2. Always have materials on hand
  3. Tasks suited to the Wait
  4. Review your calendar and Todo list
  5. The power of 10 minutes not watching TV
  6. Return calls
  7. Your computer in your pocket
  8. Reading
  9. Rest – let your mind relax
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July 30, 2010


Filed under: life, tech — Tags: , , — zproxy @ 9:25 am

Update: Even your GPU has a 2 sec timeout.

How do you estimate time?

  1. Get data: writing down starting and stopping times
  2. Shrink to fit: stick to that (good enough) and finish the task in that amount of time

  • Only features used all the time should be perfect
  • Truly unique features must be perfect
  • Features that make customers talk about your solution must be perfect

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April 1, 2010

Your Ignore List

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[…] Why do we find this word so hard to say?  Probably because people are not used to being denied their wishes, we are not used to putting ourselves first in any situation and we want to be liked.

Thanks Dawn!

List 1: Your Focus List (the road ahead)

What are you trying to achieve? What makes you happy? What’s important to you? Design your time around those things. Because time is your one limited resource and no matter how hard you try you can’t work 25/8.

List 2: Your Ignore List (the distractions)

To succeed in using your time wisely, you have to ask the equally important but often avoided complementary questions: what are you willing not to achieve? What doesn’t make you happy? What’s not important to you? What gets in the way?

  1. Say “no” to the things you say “yes” to out of guilt.
  2. Say “no” to the impulse to check your email or your Twitter account every fifteen minutes.
  3. Say “no” to people who are always asking for your help and then are always unavailable when you need help.
  4. Say “no” to buying things which you don’t really need and which you can’t afford.
  5. Say “no” to incoming streams of information that are not furthering either your enjoyment of life or your ability to get things done.
  6. Say “no” to nonessential tasks so that you can free up space and time to focus on what you really want to accomplish in life.
  7. Say “no” to commitments that are interfering with your ability to spend more time with your loved ones.
  8. Say “no” to projects and tasks that are not aligned with your yearly and life goals.
  9. Say “no” to senseless time-wasters such as watching too much television or pointless internet surfing.
  10. Say “no” to letting others dictate how your day will go instead of taking control.
  11. Say “no” to scheduling so many things into your day that you become stressed and fatigued and feel out of control.
  12. Say “no” to high pressure tactics from others to get you to commit to things which you would rather not do.

List 3: When to pull the plug.

  1. When to let someone on the team go
  2. When to stop offering a program
  3. When to extract from a partnership
  4. When to exit a business
  5. When do you give up vs. plunge past a barrier

Thanks Marelisa! Thanks Peter! Thanks Melanie!

PS. If you do not know the answers to these questions you can cheat and check over here!


Need an oracle to tell you Yes or No, here it is!

Time Facts by Tara:

FACT: A fact is something true regardless if you believe it to be true or not.

FACT: You are in control of the most powerful computer ever made. Your brain is capable of solving ANY problem at a speed (I believe to be) greater than the speed of light. Your hands, your eyes, your ears, your organs, are the most high-tech machines ever made. There is nothing faster, nothing smarter, and therefore nothing more valuable than the things you are in possession of at this VERY MOMENT. Therefore you are worth more than the contents of the entire universe -period.

FACT: Time is the only thing you and I have AND it is simultaneously the only we do not own, therefore time is a gift. What we believe we can do with our time is the direct result of how we value this gift. There are only two perceived values of time and neither can be paid for. Your time is either priceless or worthless. One of these values is your time’s true value. The other value is a LIE.

FACT: Your time is priceless, because what you are able to do with your time is priceless (see fact #2). Your time is worth so much that no one -not even you- can afford it. You will never be paid enough, because there is not enough stuff to pay you with.

FACT: The only reason we choose to believe in the false value of our time is simple… we forget.

February 3, 2010

Why Time Flies By As You Get Older

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Managing your time well makes you successful!
[…] Time seems to have become just so precious!
Have weeks recently started to pass by in a such a haste? Here’s why!
  1. that brains lay down more information for novel experiences;
  2. that the “clock” for nerve impulses in aging brains runs slower;
  3. that each interval of time represents a diminishing fraction of life as we age.

People also get more responsibility as they age, so more responibilities = less time

If you are 1 year old, then 1 day represents about 1/365th of your life. If you are 10 years old, then 1 day represents about 1/3,650th of your life. Thus the older you are the faster time may appear to pass by. When you are 1 year old, 1 day may seem to last much longer than 1 day when you are 10 years old.


What to do with limited time? Do less! Seriously! Time is money. Do not waste them. If your not going to have FUN why DO it?

You can always earn more money. You can NEVER get your TIME back!

The powerpoint slides. 37 MB

  • Goals
  • Avoid wasting time
  • Bosses & delegation
  • Specific skills and tools
  • Stress and procrastination

Strategy: Doing the RIGHT things
Tactics: Doing the THINGS right

Are you doing the RIGHT THINGS RIGHT?

How does a leader find the right things?

  • What am I passionate about?
  • What are we passionate about?
  • What is our shared vision?
  • What are our goals?
  • Why are things done this way?
  • Is there a better way to these things?
  • Would changing the way we do things improve those things we are passionate about?
  • Do these changes support our vision?

Imprtant advice:

  • Kill your television – 28 hours/week
  • Turn money into time – especially important for people with kids
  • Eat and sleep and exercise. Above all else!

PS. Video parameters “&w=800&h=500&fmt=18″

Listen also: Live longer, think longer by Mary

You meet a lot of people in this life.

Many are angry, most are anxious, and some are clueless. Few are content, very few care about others more than they care about themselves.

As you get older, your radar gets better and your time becomes precious. You narrow down the number of people in your life to only the good ones, trying as hard as you can to double down on the time you spend with them.

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November 25, 2009

If Not Now, When?

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[…] there’s never a right time — for anything. There’s no right time, because there’s no time (and usually no money, either).

[…] Put off taking vacations and going out to dinner with your spouse, and you won’t create those memories and points of connection that glue a relationship and family together. Put off exercise, and you may irreversibly damage your health.


Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. – Goethe

[…] You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus.

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.
If you don’t ask the answer is always no.
If you don’t step forward you’re always in the same place.

by Mitch

[…] Mastery is the 10,000 hours it takes to get to day one.

[…] It doesn’t cost much to start – just time

[…] You have your youth only once

  1. Start. its the only way you will know!
  2. Find ac concept you are passionate aboout
  3. Start lean
  4. Take risks. Be bold. Make a difference!

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