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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 tech world, but this book is still worth reading.

The author, Nicollas Carr make a very interesting parrallel between electrification and change occuring in IT world.

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

Carr also discuss 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 brainstrom, 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 ou 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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My experience with ZTD : Week 8 results

Pasture Juniper  (Juniperus communis ssp. depressa)

This is the report #8 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 8 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 2 weeks is to manage emails to stay inbox 0 and for this to spend 30 minutes per day in an “email cleaning” session.

During week #1, the success rate has been 52 % (11/21) , during week #2, it has been 47% (9/19), and during week #3, a total failure (6%), week #4 had been better : 59% success , week #5 has been so far the best week, with 78% succes , week #6 went down with a 39% success, week #7 was better with 50% success.

 

[h4]Here’re the results of week #8 :[/h4][list_check]
[li] 3 MITs for the week : Did I defined 3 MITs  ? :  YES, How many did I achieve : 3/3[/li][li]Day 1 (March 12th) : Did I defined 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve :2/2. Did I clean emails : Yes[/li][li]Day 2  (March 13th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 1/2. Did I clean emails : Yes[/li][li]Day 3 (March 14th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 0/2. Did I clean emails : Yes[/li][li]Day 4 (March 15th) :Did I define 3 MITs ? : YES, How many did I achieve : 1/2. Did I clean emails : Yes[/li][li]Day 5 (March 16th) : Did I define 3 MITs ? : NO, How many did I achieve : O/2. Did I clean emails : No[/li][li]Total : I’ve defined the MITs 4 times instead of 5, I’ve achieved  11/18 (61%).[/li]  [/list_check]

[h4]What are  my conclusions ?[/h4]
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[li]11/18  is  a “standard” week.[/li]
[li]The new email habbit has  been very successfull.  It helped me a lot to keep under control.[/li]
[li]Defining MITs everyday really helped me to be (at least feel) efficient ![/li][/list_check]

Next week I’ll not try to implement any new routine, but I’ll start again to define 3 MITs, and consider email as a fourth one.

Results next week …

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Google’s algorithm changes

Google succes started with 1 good idea : pagerank.

Every webpage is given a rank calculated with a sophisticated algorithm (how many links from other pages go to this page).

Thanks to this “pagerank”, google search feedback to users to best results.

I’ve found this infographic that lists all the changes applied to the algorithm years after years.

A lot of work ! Impressive, isn’t it ?

(source)

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES MIND MAP (updated)

Here’s an update of the mindmap I’ve published before : Project management best practises.
Based on recent comment from Bonnie, I’ve added a section about “clear team expectation”.

For more detail on this, you can read 2 details posts :

How to succeed in a project : a good team is mandatory. Best example : Apollo 13

How to succeed in a project : A good start is mandatory.

Do you have any ideas to complete this map ? Do not hesitate to feedback to me !

(I created this map using iTough on iPad)

 

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My best photos : Bicycle in Vietnam

I took this photo in Hanoi, Vietnam,

The guy tranports hats and baskets on the bicycle.

Bicycles are still very used in Vietnam for day to day transportations.

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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