20 Productivity Tricks

Create Systems, Not Goals
Commit to a process, not a goal. Don’t just set a goal of creating better customer relationships; commit to calling at least two customers a day to ask how you can better serve them. Don’t just set a goal of landing new clients; commit to cold-calling at least two leads every day. Commit to a process that leads to a goal and you’re much more likely to achieve that goal. Focus on what you will do, not on what you want to happen.
Make Temptations Hard to Reach
Call this the “pain in the butt” technique: when something is hard to do, you’ll do it less. Store sodas in the refrigerator and keep bottles of water on your desk. Put the TV remote in an upstairs closet. Shut down your browser so it’s harder to check out TMZ. Use a “productivity” laptop that intentionally doesn’t have a browser or email, leave your phone behind, and move to a conference room to get stuff done. Convenience is the mother of distraction, so make it a pain in the butt to satisfy your temptations.
Maximize Your Most Important Tasks
All of us have things we do that make the biggest difference. (For me it’s actually sitting down and writing.) What two or three things contribute most to your success? What two or three things generate the most revenue? Then eliminate all the extra “stuff” to the greatest extent possible so you reap the benefits of spending time on the tasks that make you you.
Purposely Allow Less Time for Key Projects
Time is like a new house. We eventually fill a bigger house with furniture, and we eventually fill a block of time with “work.” So take the opposite approach. Limit the amount of time you allow yourself to complete an important task. You’ll be more focused, more motivated, your energy level will be higher… and you’ll actually get more done.
Chunk Housekeeping Tasks
Even though we’d like to focus solely on our most important tasks, we all have stuff we still need to do. Instead of sprinkling those activities throughout the day– or, worse, taking care of them when they pop up– collect and take of them in preplanned blocks. Better yet, schedule that block for when you know you’ll be tired or in need of a mental break. That way you’ll still feel (and be) productive even when you’re not at your best.
Just Say No
You’re polite. You’re courteous. You’re helpful. You want to be a team player. You’re overwhelmed. Say “no” at least as often as you say yes. You can still be polite while protecting your time. And you should protect your time – time is the one asset no one can afford to waste.
Start Small So You Won’t Mind
Say you decided you should cold-call 20 new prospects every day. Great idea – but sounds daunting. Sounds really hard. Sounds almost impossible… so you won’t. Instead, start small. You can call 2 people a day, right? That sounds easy. That you will do. Then, in time, it will feel comfortable to increase the number. Whenever you want to create a new habit, start small so you will actually start – and stick with it through that tough early time when habits are hard to form.
Build In Frequent Breaks
Small, frequent breaks are a great way to refresh and recharge. Like the Pomodoro Technique, a time-management strategy where you work on one task for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. (To time yourself you can use a kitchen timer or your phone…) The key to not burning out is to not let burnout sneak up on you. Scheduling regular short breaks ensures that won’t happen.
Follow the 2-Minute Rule
Here’s one from Getting Things Done: when a task takes less than 2 minutes, don’t schedule it, don’t set it aside for later, don’t set a reminder… just take care of it. Now. Then it’s done. Besides, don’t you have enough on your schedule already?
Actively Schedule Free Time
Free time shouldn’t just happen by accident. Free time shouldn’t be something you get around to if you get a chance. Plan your free time. Plan activities. Plan fun things to do. Not only will you enjoy the planning – and the anticipation – you’ll also actually have more fun. And the happier you are, the more motivated and productive you will be over the long term. Which, of course, is what personal productivity is all about.
Exercise First Thing in the Morning
Exercise is energizing. Exercise will make you healthier. Exercise can make you smarter. Plus exercise can improve your mood for up to 12 hours after you work out. So there you go. Work out for 20 minutes first thing. Feel better. Be smarter. Be less stressed. Have a more productive day. Can’t beat that.
Eat a Healthy Lunch Every Day
We’ve all eaten a heavy lunch that seemed to kill the rest of the day. So take a different approach. See lunch as fuel for your afternoon – and as one meal you knowwill be healthy. Plan to eat a portion of protein that fits in your palm and a couple vegetables or fruits. Make it easy and pack your lunch and then you won’t waste time driving to and from a restaurant.
Drink a Lot More Water
It’s extremely likely you don’t drink enough water. That’s too bad, because feeling good sparks motivation and effort. Plus if you drink water first thing in the morning you’ll boost your metabolism. Drink more water throughout the day and you’ll be less hungry, feel more energetic, decrease your chances of contracting certain diseases… and you’ll have to get up more often to use the restroom which ensures you’re more active throughout the day.
Take a Productivity Nap
A quick nap can improve creativity, improve your memory, and improve your ability to stay focused. Besides that, neurologists toutthe learning benefits of mid-day siestas.
Make More Time For Your Favorite People
Think about the people you’ve met recently. Who left you feeling more motivated, more excited, more energetic… who made your life better? Then seek to spend more time with them. Surround yourself with people who can improve your life and your life will naturally improve. Sounds obvious – but is also something we all too often forget.
Count Your Blessings Before Bed
Take a second before you turn out the light. In that moment, quit worrying about what you don’t have. Quit worrying about what others have that you don’t. Think about what you dohave. You have a lot to be thankful for. Feels good, doesn’t it? Count your blessings every night and you’ll start the next day in a much more positive way.
Use Your Mind For Thinking, Not Remembering
Here’s another Getting Things Done tip. Don’t clutter your thoughts with mental to-do lists or information you need to remember. Write all those things down. Then you can focus on thinking about how to do things better, how to treat people better, how to make your business better. Don’t waste mental energy trying to remember important tasks or ideas. That’s what paper is for.
Turn Off Alerts
Your phone buzzes. Your email dings. Chat windows pop up. Every alert sucks away your attention. So turn them off. Go alert-free, and once every hour or so take a few minutes to see what you might have missed. Chances are you’ll find out you missed nothing,but in the meantime you will have been much more focused.
Be Inspired By Small Successes
Change is tough. Habits are hard to form. If you want to learn a new skill, don’t decide you’ll become world-class. The goal is too big, the road too long. Instead decide you’ll learn to do one small thing really, really well. Then build on that. Success, even minor success, is motivating and creates an awesome feedback loop that will motivate you to do another small thing really well. One step at a time you might someday become world-class… which, after all, is how that works. Start small, stick with it, and someday your big dream will be a reality.
Stop In the Middle
Take it from Ernest Hemingway: “The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day…you will never be stuck.” His advice applies to all kinds of work. When you stop in the middle of a project you know what you’ve done, you know exactly what you’ll do next, and you’ll be excited to get started again.
Shamelessly stolen from (http://www.inc.com/ss/jeff-haden/20-awesome-productivity-tricks-anyone-can-use)

Parts to Keep in Mind

Next project Ideas

CC1101 – Low-Power Sub-1GHz RF Transceiver (vhttp://www.ti.com/product/cc1101)

Si4463 – HIGH-PERFORMANCE, LOW-CURRENT TRANSCEIVER (Frequency range = 119–1050 MHz) (https://www.silabs.com/Support%20Documents/TechnicalDocs/Si4464-63-61-60.pdf)

The Difference Between Developer and Programmer

Developer: Expected to be an expert level at one programming language (Java, PHP, etc.)

Programmer: Expect to be an expert at several different languages.

Programmer Analyst: Expected to be able to program applications that integrate between different systems.

Systems Analyst: Expected to Design Information Architecture to improve business information systems

Software Engineer: Expected to design core components that Developers & Programmers can use. As per US law, you need to have a professional engineering degree/license to add the title engineer.

Computer Scientist: They write code, but they do it prove something. They are not bothered about design or good practices.

How awesome is everything except your job

Seriously, Life if damn excellent, there is nothing bad at all … except the job. The job is just a soul crushing fluorescent prison. When My immediate supervisor speaks they talk shit and backstab anyone (I’m sure they talk shit about me when I’m not there, but it is all smiles to my face), and when you try to convey where things are at, they say

Loop(while you are talking){

echo “yeah, uh hu, yep, sure”;

}

It just pisses me off that I’m doing a job that no one cares about, I have no carrot, I have no stick. I have nothing but persistence.

I won’t be beaten, I WILL OWN YOU, and I get things done, even when there is a wall of apathy and negativity I get past it. I will play the game and I will win.

Mind you some days (like most people) I do think about throwing in the towel and just saying stuff it; you have beaten me. But you need the shit, you need the shit to realise how awesome everything else is (except traffic that is just balls).

So FUCK YEAH screw you, I am living the dream. And I’m winning!

 

Norway is Winning at Being an Awesome Country

So someone posted an article (http://www.sovereignman.com/expat/why-norway-is-a-bs-argument-for-higher-taxes-8235/) on faceblag about how Norway with it’s awesome track record and no national debt was a bad thing. Then bitched that taxing companies more is bad and that Australia just needs sell off all it’s publicly owned assets and become a privatised f*!k you hell hole (well maybe not in those exact words, they just pissed me off with their stupid comments).

This was my reply

Yes Norway does have a high tax rate but you do get a lot for it. There are medical benefits, Maternity/Paternity Leave, Pension Benefits, Free education (yes University education as well) and a higher standard of living just to name a few.

The article you have posted is filled with rubbish. Just stating something doesn’t make it true, for example “Norway has created a system that makes it virtually impossible to pull ahead of your peers financially. People are excused for not working hard and squandering the opportunities they could have grabbed.” I say [Citation Needed]

and statements like

“Because of this, Norwegians have limited after-tax discretionary spending cash.” Is just total and utter crap. Wages and Salary are good, the average household net-adjusted disposable income per capita is $32,093 USD a year [http://www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/norway/]

The one thing that I agree with is “The Norwegian tax system is based on the principle that everybody should pay tax according to their means and receive services according to their needs.”

So Norway is winning,

it has a low unemployment rate 3.7% one of the world’s lowest [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_unemployment_rate]

it is a country full of smart people, (ranked 7th in the word) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_Index]

it has a great health system

It is a country that looks after you when you retire

Pays you well

Live longer than most people in the world [average age of 81.9 ranked 15th] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy]

So if I want to be miserable, stupid, poor and die young I’ll take his advice, and while I’m at it I’ll just buy some of the snake oil products that author Simon Black international investor and entrepreneur is peddling.

 

The Derp

I heard a comment today which I thought was amusing.

I cannot brain today, I has the dumb

This led into the person stating that they had

The Derp

The Derp – Your brain has checked out and you can’t think properly.

  1. Can be caused from mental exertion and you are brain fried
  2. You are drunk

IVL2-7/5 VFD Datasheets

If you are looking for information on the IVL2-7/5 VFD I’m guessing that you have struggled to find a good location with all the info in one spot. Well look no further because I have done the looking for you (well it was really “I needed it for me” but…) and all the datasheets and information to make them work is here.

Click on the pictures for bigger versions

IVL2-7/5-VFD Datasheet Page 1

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IVL2-7/5-VFD Datasheet Page 2IVL2-7_5-VFD(2)

IVL2-7/5-VFD Pinout

 

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IVL2-7/5-VFD SpecsIVL2-7_5-VFD-Specs

IVL2-7/5-VFD Segments1-75

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IVL2-7/5-VFD Dimensions IVL2-7_5-VFD-Dimentions

IVL2-7/5 VFD … YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAH

This won’t mean much to anyone but I have it (IVL2-7/5) working. Trying to understand Russian datasheets on the IVL2-7/5 VFD and piecing together bits of info from around the web and I have it working. It was like some sort of secret/puzzle that you had to pass to be accepted by other engineers. I have that same feeling I had with A Blinking Red LED. Yeah Baby!

IVL2-7/5

Get the IVL2-7/5 Datasheets Here

 

Manually Upgrading Nexus 5 to Lollipop (LRX21O)

My Nexus 5 was a Telstra variant (KTU84Q) which wouldn’t get the OTA, and I was just sick of waiting. So this is how I side loaded the OTA update for Lollipop (LRX21O)

This is the TL:DR version

I followed this guide
http://ausdroid.net/howto/side-load-ota-update/

I got my Nexus 5 OTA update for the Telstra version (KTU84Q to LRX21O) from
http://ausdroid.net/2014/11/13/android-lollipop-ota/
If you don’t get the KTU84Q to LRX21O version it won’t work.

As windows driver discovery is just rubbish, I manually installed the Nexus 5 windows 7 USB driver (from device manager –> update driver) which was downloaded from
http://developer.android.com/sdk/win-usb.html

I then had to reinstall the USB driver when the device went into bootloader mode. The device changes its USB hardware ID when it is in bootloader mode. the following fixed it for me.
http://blog.dantup.com/2012/10/fixing-adb-device-not-found-with-nexus-7-in-recovery-mode/

Uploaded the image, did a reboot, all the apps upgraded and vola.

Elon Musk First Attempt at Landing a Rocket on a Boat

Elon Musk’s first attempt to land a SpaceX stage 1 rocket booster on to a boat didn’t go so well. Here is a video

The problem was the hypersonic fins (the things that steer the landing rocket) ran out of hydraulic fluid so it couldn’t manoeuvre properly.

But you know what, for a first attempt to actually hit the thing is impressive, especially with out steering for the last part.

All I can say is that Elon Musk is a visionary, he doesn’t fear failure, but learns from it so the next attempt can go better.

I am waiting for the day to see him succeed with a landing, this will be one of those events where it changes space flight forever.

I tip my hat to you sir, onwards and upwards.