Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Word to the Wise #2

With the 2007 edition soon to open, I've been reflecting on past NFJS conferences.

Here's a tidbit from Dave Thomas: ask yourself, frequently, the goal of your current activities. Something like "what is my objective?" and "is this advancing me towards said objective?".

He mentioned it briefly in a NFJS session. I didn't think much of it at first, but have tried it and it is indeed useful. Just today, in fact, I was staring slack-jawed at a "file copy" dialog that stated it was going to take 30 minutes. In the past, I probably would have gone for a walk/chat or something. Today, I just shut the thing down as it wasn't worth it.

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