I hear a ticking sound. Not the keys, but an ordinary, wind-up kitchen timer. In this case, a virtual one. It’s counting down from 25 minutes. When the timer rings, I’ll stop working. I’ll take a five-minute break to compete one 30-minute work cycle. Then I’ll start the timer over at 25. If this post is complete and edited in the first 30-minute cycle, I’ll start a new task. If not, I’ll continue work on this post until it’s complete. It’s all part of a remarkable productivity technique called The Pomodoro Technique. The greatest difference between this productivity technique—describe almost in its entirety in two short paragraphs above—and all other techniques is work. The Pomodoro Method focuses on working, not on planning, organizing, or theorizing. A little background I “discovered” David Allen’s Getting Things Done method in about 2002. It was brand new, and it truly changed the way I planned. It didn’t really change
My goal seemed simple. Everything I read told me so. Plus, I’ve been IT for most of my adult life, as both a systems guy and programmer. How hard could it possibly be to move a WordPress blog from a private hoster to WordPress.com? Turns out, it’s not hard at all unless something goes wrong. Quick Outline I was importing my archives into WordPress.com according to the directions. I divided the whole thing into 8 smaller files to minimize risk of failure. The first 5 file loaded fine. The sixth one failed. I got an email telling me to open a support ticket, and someone would fix the problem within 24 hours. That was eight days and about five support tickets ago. No one from WordPress.com has contacted me. Just auto-reply emails saying “we got your message.” I Tried Here are my support tickets. Let me know if you think I deserve to be ignored.
Jennifer Pahlka is a remarkable woman. She realized what many have realized: government often fails at its most basic tasks. Governments don’t keep up with technology or culture. Nor can they act nimbly. A start-up produces finished products worth millions in four months; it takes government that long to start the first feasibility study. Spotting government’s shortcomings isn’t what makes Jennifer so amazing. Every sane American knows that government is a nightmare of bureaucratic hell that admires problems and punishes the successful. Complaining about government is as common as complaining about the weather . . . and about as effective. Jennifer Pahlka is special because she launched and manages an organization that does what government should do, but can’t. In other words, Jennifer makes life better and government cheaper. The organization she founded is Code for America. Here’s what they do: Cities are under greater pressure than ever, struggling with budget cuts and outdated
Gamification, particularly enterprise gamification, gains momentum every day. Buy why? The answer’s simple: good game design makes the brain happy, and when the brain’s happy, we’re happy. That’s why sticking a game on top of a bad web site only distracts people temporarily and makes the bad web site seem even worse by comparison. But good gamification turns bad sites into happy places of engagement. Here’s how the brain reacts: Via: Online Universities Blog Want to engage employees, distributor sales agents, and customers? Make their brains happy.