July 17, 2008

Notes from GBS Learning Week

July 17, 2008 - Categories: conference, connecting, weekly

I just got back from the GBS Learning Week conference held at White Oaks (Niagara-on-the-Lake), and I wanted to write down my notes before plunging back into e-mail and the daily routine. Here’s a brain-dump just so that I get everything out there. I’ll refine some points into blog posts later.

Ideas for improving networking at conferences:

Main tent, second time: (~200 people)

Web 2.0 tools, third and fourth times: (~15 + 10)

Main tent, first time: (~ 200)

Web 2.0 tools, first and second times: (~ 30 + 15)

Sowing Seeds: A Technology Evangelist’s Guide to Grassroots Adoption (~20)



Managing interruptions

July 17, 2008 - Categories: productivity

W- asked me if I could recommend any self-help books or tips on how to manage interruptions and get back on task. I thought it was funny because I’m usually the one who has problems staying on task. (Dishwasher partially full, laundry sitting in the washing machine, un-sipped tea, things like that…) =) Then again, I think I get fewer computer-based interruptions than he does.

I told him that David Allen’s book on Getting Things Done is popular among geeks who deal with frequent interruptions. The key ideas that help are to write down all the tasks in a trusted system, and not to switch tasks unless it’s really urgent and important.

He’s also checking out LeechBlock, a Firefox extension that makes it just a bit easier to focus on your real work instead of going to your favorite time-wasting sites. =)

One sentence – microfiction, microlife

July 17, 2008 - Categories: writing

Microblogging done beautifully: onesentence.org. Someday I hope to be able to write like that. =)