April 18, 2014 at 12:00am
Adrenalin and Heroin
Did you know that Heroin (diamorphine, or smack, brown, tar, &c) and Adrenalin (epinephrine) were href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_generic_and_genericized_trademarks”>originally trademarked names? (I did not, and thought both were generic. Hat tip goes to kottke.org)
April 17, 2014 at 11:00am
The Law of Multiples
When you find something you love, like a pen or a wallet, buy two and set the second one aside:
- If the first ones lasts and last and never needs replacing, then you have an excellent gift, since you know from personal experience that it’s a great item that works well.
- If you lose yours, or it wears apart, then you’ve got a spare right on hand and at the ready.
April 15, 2014 at 10:00am
The modern history of writing instruments
A fascinating overview of the ball point pen and the development, trickery, and market maneuverings that brought the Bic Clic to us, by the entertainingly obsessive “Pen Guy.”
April 11, 2014 at 1:37pm
Slice open your finger? If it’s a clean cut, try a drop of super glue over the wound instead of a band aid. The glue will hold it closed and you can carry on about your work.
— The City Foundry
April 10, 2014 at 12:08pm
Visualizing Your Day
This post on The Muse suggests diagraming your day to understand how you spend your time. At Macktez, the whole team records time each day not just for our client record keeping, but also to permit precisely this kind of ongoing and iterative analysis. Looking at how you spent last week is a valuable part of continuously improving your allocation for next week.
Similarly, when new people join the team, they’re pushed to start adjusting their calendars during a daily review so that they choose (versus letting incoming stimulus choose for them) what they spend their time on that day.
In many ways these are both techniques for visualizing your day before it happens (and afterwards, to review test your success at implementing your plan), in keeping with the second habit in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
April 8, 2014 at 12:00am
No More than Three Projects at a Time
This Rule of Three concept, despite the dubious and needlessly confusing illustration appropriated from LifeHacker, takes the initial concept of “picking three things to do today” and attempts to connect the simple tactical idea to a strategic overview.
While I very strongly encourage people to choosing, and write down, only three projects to make their focus for an extended multi-month period, I don’t find that tying that concept to the year is helpful, nor do I find weekly goals very effective.
If you’re struggling, though, go ahead and pick three things for the day, write them down on a slip of paper (I use the Macktez Post-its, though those are not for sale at this time.), and keep it with you all day. At the end of the day, toss the paper, and choose a new set of three the next morning.