Lessons in tabs

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Or: One Weird Trick to Staying Productive at Work

Only have the tabs open of things you are currently working on. Not what you are about to work on, are meaning to respond to, or would like to get to soon.

Keep them open until you have completed the task. Then, close them, open the next thing, and repeat until happy hour. ūüćĽ

Problems, not solutions

Bringing the van home.

My dad is an auto mechanic. Growing up I spent many days in his shop, learning how to change oil, use a grease gun, clean parts, and pay the bills.

I liked listening to the interaction between customers and the mechanics. There was one lesson I learned that has stayed with me.

Tell me the problem, not how you think I should fix it.

Meaning: the mechanics don’t want to hear your solution to your car’s problem. They want to hear what is wrong. They are the experts. Let them figure it out.

As I got into art and design, I’ve learned this is true in my line of work as well. It really applies¬†to any type of feedback. The receiver benefits far more from hearing the what rather than the how. At the same time, the giver stands to learn something new.

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Phone rule

We have this one rule.

No phones in the bedroom. 

It started out as an experiment, but we’ve¬†managed to stick with it for several months.

I go to sleep sooner at night and don’t stay in bed all morning feeling the need to check everything. Oh, and we have more time to talk and stuff.

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Trail maintenance

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I needed a little break from work so I went mountain biking on a familiar trail. I noticed that someone had sawed away the part of a fallen tree that was blocking the trail. I thought,

“Oh, nice! Now I don’t have to get off my bike to climb over; I can keep riding.”

Then I had another thought:

“Is this how¬†people feel when I fix a bug?”

I’d like to think so.

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Sharing

Sharing is made up of two main actions:

  1. Automatically sharing your posts to your favorite social media sites each time you publish.
  2. Adding buttons to your posts and pages to allow others to easily share your posts with their friends.

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