Friday, January 01, 2016

New Year's Day -- 2016

The Google doodle was just too cute!


And has more than one version!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Annual Recap and Summary -- 2015

December 31st! Time for another annual summary and recap of the past year, 2015.



Monthly Scribbles from devriesonline.net using PmWiki:


Blue moon low in the sky (7/31/2015)

Books read this year: 150 (tracked by Shelfari ), started the year with a goal of 150!

Golden May sunset (5/28/2015)

Web Tools Stats:
Wiki pages at 468 (31 new in 2015), 101,000 page views in 2015
Posts on this blog = 1
Twitter account at 161 posts (1 in 2015)
Delicious bookmarks at 783 (none since 2012; surprised it still exists)
Evernote notes at 1,904 (116 in 2015)
Flickr photos (340 total photos, 208 added in 2015.  213 favorites.  37 followers.  Following 59.  Following 73 groups. )
Tumblr (89 total posts, 12 new in 2015.  Liked 82 (3 new in 2015) posts.  5 followers.  Following 21 blogs.)
Pinterest (28 total pins on 11 boards, 6 new pins in 2015.  21 followers.  Following 11.)
Pocket
Instagram  - (195 total, 52 in 2015, 81 followers, following 82,  1,632 likes, 158 comments.  Likes = 295)



Some Highlights:
  • Jan / Feb / Mar:  Intern at HCA
ice storms in Tennessee!

Heron on a log at sunset (8/14/2015)

  • Sept:  Beta Alpha Psi BBQ; Kayak trip to Rock Island State Park
  • Oct:  New York trip ... flight cancelled
Hanging by a thread (Fall 2015)

  • Nov:  Chicago, IL:  AICPA CPA Exam Content subcommittee
  • Dec:   kayak on Christmas Eve

Orange headed sunflower in the late afternoon sunlight (8/1/2015)


And that's a wrap on 2015.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Annual Recap and Summary -- 2014

December 31st! Time for another annual summary and recap of the past year, 2014.


Monthly Notes from devriesonline.net using PmWiki:

Books read this year: 165 (tracked by Shelfari ), started the year with a goal of 140!


(1/29/2014)  Icy sunrise on the cove by Shutes Branch

Web Tools Stats:
Wiki pages at 437 (23 new in 2013), 67,000 page views in 2014
Posts on this blog = 2
Twitter account at 160 posts (2 in 2014)
Delicious bookmarks at 783 (none in 2014)
Evernote notes at 1,788 (216 in 2014)
Google+ (how to measure?)
Google+/Picasa photos 532 (183 photos added in 2014)
Flickr photos (132 total photos, 22 added in 2014.  107 favorites.  16 followers.  Following 27.  Following 62 groups. )
Tumblr (77 total posts, 47 new in 2014.  Liked 79 (69 new in 2014) posts.  5 followers.  Following 19 blogs.)
Pinterest (22 total pins on 10 boards, 0 new pins in 2014.  23 followers.  Following 9.)
Pocket   (540 total)
Instagram  - first post on 6/12/2014 (143 posts, 37 followers, following 33,  815 likes, 73 comments.  Likes = 295)

(6/8/2014)  Our backyard:  perennial wildflower of the sunflower family, called common blanketflower and common gaillardia. Species = Gaillardia aristata


Travel and Events:

10/5/2014 Backyard on a bright, sunny Sunday


And that's a wrap on 2014.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Art of Wassily Kankinsky

The Google doodle today is based on artwork of Wassily Kankinsky.  His art is at The Frist in Nashville through early Jan 2015.  More motivation to attend now.


Google doodle 12/16/2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Annual Recap and Summary -- 2013



Monthly Notes from devriesonline.net using PmWiki:
Books read this year: 141 (tracked by Shelfari )




Web Tools Stats:
Wiki pages at 414 (15 new in 2013), 56,000 page views in 2013
Posts on this blog = 1
Twitter account at 157 posts (1 in 2013)
Delicious bookmarks at 782 (none in 2013)
Evernote notes at 1,572 (354 in 2013)
Google+ (counting mechanism isn't obvious!)
Picasa photos (about 160 photos added in 2013)
Flickr photos (110 total photos, 50 added in 2013.  54 favorites.  18 followers.  Following 58 groups. )
Tumblr (30 total posts, 11 new in 2013.  Liked 10 posts.  3 followers.  Following 14 blogs.)
Pinterest (22 total pins on 10 boards, 13 new pins in 2013.  10 followers.  Following 8.)



Travel and Events:



And that's a wrap on 2013.

Monday, December 31, 2012


December 31st! Time for another annual summary and recap of the past year, 2012.




Monthly Notes from devriesonline.net using PmWiki:
Books read this year: 126 (tracked by Shelfari )









Web Tools Stats:
Wiki pages at 399 (24 in 2012)
Posts on this blog = 4
Twitter account at 156 posts (16 in 2012)
Delicious bookmarks at 782 (1 in 2012 as I'm switching to Evernote for saving URLs)
Evernote notes at 1,218 (424 in 2012)
Google+ (counting mechanism isn't obvious!)
Picasa photos (85 photos, 63 added in 2012)
Flickr photos (60 photos, none added in 2012)
Tumblr (new in 2012, 19 posts)
Pinterest (new in 2012, 9 pins on 9 boards)



Travel & Events:
And that's a wrap on 2012.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Productivity principles reviewed in 20 minutes

At Google Talks is always a great resource for current info and in this case an excellent summary and overview of productivity principles.  The talk is by Jared Goralnick and is titled Productivity, Happiness, and Avoiding Sudden Death.



Slides used in the presentation are at Slide Share:  Google Tech Talk: Productivity, happiness, and avoiding sudden death.

Some key quotes from the presentation:


  • productivity is actually kind of like language in that way, in that if you have fluency, there is a lot more depth that is possible in your experiences. And without that, you all still can get a lot done, but what happens is there's certain things you just can't choose to do.  
  • And I personally believe that Google does not pay you to be productive. That's not their goal.  Their goal is for you to do something that achieves real scale.


Tweaks - tools for productivity (have more freedom and choice in how you spend your time):

  1. turn off notifications from social networking sites  Notify Me Not
  2. turn off mobile alerts (instructions and link to Not Checking Email document)
  3. archive email (Gmail specific; also consider Merlin Mann Inbox Zero concept)
  4. delete
  5. stop checking email


Techniques

  1. Purge your mind (make a long list, mind like water)
  2. Measure.  Measure.  Stop.
  3. 50/10  (work/rest)
  4. In the stream/out of the stream - get your value and go home
  5. Unplug.  use paper to think.
  6. Silence and focus, uni-task
  7. The essential (Goals) vs the incidental
  8. Be Remarkable, not productive




Jared's blog, Technotheory, has a wealth of good content.  For example, the importance of keeping your eye on the big picture rather than the many small details of a list.  The Critical Path is one good method for managing at that level.

I would also recommend

  • a big picture diagram such as a mind map
  • a weekly review of projects and lists
  • an "evening before" review and prioritization

See my comments from last week on work schedules and tasks