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My best photos : Buffalo in Indonesia

I took this photo in Tomok, Lake Toba, on Sumatra island in Indonesia.

This bufallo was near a house, eating quietly.

This post is part of a serie of posts in which I present my best photos. All of them have been taken by me. The quality is not professional of course, but I love them. You can find all the posts here.

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6 reasons why project managers fail to plan.

If you want your project to be successfull, you need to plan.

At the early stages, you need to plan the journey that will bring the team from the start line to the arrival (i.e. the end of the project).

Many projects fail because the team start to run without proper plan.

[h4]Everybody knows this, but why few people actually really plan before starting ?[/h4]

[h5]Because at the beginning, everything is possible.[/h5]Everybody is full of energy, the resources (manpower, time, money) seems to be infinite… So why plan ?

[h5]Because we are (often) too optimistics[/h5]
“Let’s go, it should be ok”. Because at the beginning everything is possible, the mindset can be “Everything is possible, se are good, so we Will succeed, so…. no need to plan !”

[h5]Because planning is difficult. [/h5]

To plan you need to take a step back. You need to understand what is the essential. Planning requires specific skills.

[h5] Because planning means choices.[/h5]

When you plan, you need to choose the path, and to choose is to renounce. You need to decide wich path you’ll not go. This is sometimes difficult.

[h5]Because planning seems boring. [/h5]

We all prefer action. We feel like “loosing” time planning when we could do so many concrete actions for the project !

[h5]Because we are too focused on concrete execution.[/h5]

They are so many things to do on the project : organise logisctics, welcome people, start first actions, … From early morning to the night, the project manager is busy on very concrete actions with no time to plan…

[h4]So a good project manager will be able to forget these bad reasons that try to push him in the bad direction, and will focus on plan ![/h4]

 


  

My experience with ZTD : Week 9 results

Pasture Juniper  (Juniperus communis ssp. depressa)

This is the report #9 of my experimental implementation of  Zen To Done the productivity methodology by Leo Babauta.

As a reminder, the first habit I’ve decided to implement 9 weeks ago  is to define every morning the 3 Most Important Topics (MITs) I want / need / commit to achieve during the day.

The 2nd one I started to implement 3 weeks ago is to manage emails to stay inbox 0 and for this to spend 30 minutes per day in an “email cleaning” session.

I’m really happy with the result of these 2 new habbits.

Defining 3 MITs everyday really helps to stay focused.

Of course many times it does not goes as planned, and achieving the MITs is not always possible, but at list I achieve some, and I know what to focus on next day.

Next week I’ll not try to implement any new routine, but I’ll still focus on :

  •  define 3 MITs (and do them !)
  • do a 30 min email cleaning session everyday to come back to inbox 0.

Results next week …

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My prefered Videos : Smart thief caught on cam.

Watch this video from the start to the end to appreciate the surprise…

Enjoy !

This post if part of a series in which I present my prefered videos. You can find all these videos on my youtube channel.


  

Book you should read : The Big Switch

I read The Big Switch: Rewiring the World from “Edison” to “Google” 4 years ago.

4 years is an eternity in the tech world, but this book is still worth reading.

The author, Nicholas Carr make a very interesting parallel between electrification and change occurring in the IT world.

I use what I’ve read there every time I need to explain to someone what cloud computing is about.

Carr also discusses all the impact that this change in IT have on our day to day life.

If you’re interested in IT move to the cloud, you should read this book.


  

Workflowy : a simple tool to organize your brain

Workflowy is (another) tool to manage your lists.

“lists” are not just your action lists, it’s all kind of lists: a list of ideas when you brainstorm, a list of posts you plan to write, …

Workflowy does not have any fancy features (like projects, due dates, …), it’s very simple and easy to use.

Workflowy is a web-based application, registration is very easy.

To start, workflowy is just a simple white page where you can enter all your lists. No need to enter “edit” mode or to “save”, all your changes are immediately recorded.

What makes workflowy special and very good to use is the very simple and intuitive way to browse your lists.
You can build lists with thousands of items without being lost. Everything is easily structured and organized.

I love it and use it daily.

The video will show you in detail the concept.

If you try it, let me know if you like it!

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My best photos : Stones in Tomok

I took this photo in Tomok, Lake Toba, on Sumatra island in Indonesia.

Lake Toba is a very special place in Indonesia.

It’s the place of Batak people.
Batak used to practise cannibalism rituals until late 19th century. These stones were part of the ritual place.

This post is part of a serie of posts in which I present my best photos. All of them have been taken by me. The quality is not professional of course, but I love them. You can find all the posts here.

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The Power of less – Why Less is Powerful

The power of less is a book by Leo Babauta. This book is full of good stuff.

Chapter 1 is about “Why Less is powerfull”.

Chapter  main idea :

[h4]Less is Powerful because if you do less, you have to focus on the essential[/h4]
At work, or at home, you have many things to deal with.
If you focus on the essential, you’ll put the best chances to achieve it, instead of loosing yourself.

You can apply this to :
[list_square] [li]your action list : start with the one that are really essential[/li][li]your projects : focus on the 3 more important[/li][li]the internet websites you read [/li][li]your goals : identify the things you really want to achieve[/li][li]your emails : just check email twice a day, do not try to read all of them[/li][li]and so on …[/li]

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Here’s a quote from the book :
[blockquote_with_author author=”Leo Babauta”]
Principle 1: By setting limitations, we must choose the essential. So in everything you do, learn to set limitations.

Principle 2: By choosing the essential, we create great impact with minimal resources. Always choose the essential to maximize your time and energy

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If you want to read the full story, you can buy the paper or kindle version of the book here : Power of Less, The: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential

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