Why Do We Keep Insisting On Killing Productivity?

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  1. You comment re: setup time required for new hardware resonated with me.

    I’ve spent THOUSANDS of hours helping people with the simple tasks of setting up new computer. A typical new system take at least a few hours to setup and configure.

    My response for my personal work environment has been to move ALL of my core apps and data to the web. I use a mix of 100% web (e.g., Google Apps), web-sync apps (e.g., Evernote), and streaming apps (e.g., Rdio).

    That way, all I need to work is a browser and bandwidth.

    Setting up a new system SHOULD be as simple as logging in.

    It isn’t — yet — for most of the world.

    I’m hoping we’ll get all the systems and vendors get there eventually. Google gets it: their ChromeOS is a bold step toward this world. Smartphones platforms are also moving toward a “store online, login to access your apps and data” model.

    I’m looking forward to a 100% web world… and to never having to configure apps, data and system settings twice.

    1. Hi Andy! I, too, dream of that world at some point in time! I, too, for that time when I don’t have to worry about the machine I am using at the moment, but also the kind of network connections that one can expect to be always there, reliable and stable, so that we don’t have any issue of grabbing out data. That’s still one of the reasons why I haven’t uploaded my entire archive of pictures I have taken over the years and why I still keep relying on my MacBook Air and security copies. I wish things were different, but we still have got a lot to do from a hardware and software, perspective, just as much as for the network availability!

      One day, for sure. Hope we will both see it πŸ™‚

  2. Happy birthday, Luis. Welcome to the 4.0. I’ve been here a few years, and it is working out okay.

    How do we measure productivity these days? Is it time spent in meetings? (No!). Time spent helping customers / clients? (Yes – somewhat). What else?

    One of these days, I will help you writer shorter and more blog posts. (Like one for each of these topics.) Will that be considered productivity? It will certainly help me get to the bottom of all of your blog posts. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Jack! Thanks ever so much, my dear friend! Greatly appreciated! I knew you would be saying saying along those lines for v4.0 hehe Oh and glad it is working ok! Makes me feel much better as I am starting to enjoy these new interesting times! hehe

      Very interesting question, Jack, on how do we measure productivity. At this point, my simplest method for measuring it is by having the reassurance that I have done something gratifying that produces an output that continues to provide value, and, perhaps make a difference. And lack of that would be lack of productivity on its own. Like I said, perhaps a bit too simplistic, but right now the easiest way I have to measure it πŸ™‚

      Ha! I am sure you would be pleased to know that I actually had 4 different blog posts put together for this one single entry, but I eventually decided to join them together into a single one. Wanted to have a fast pace into what happened last few weeks and thought about sharing them all as a single one, but not to worry, shorter blog entries are in the making! Hoping that would make the experience a bit more productive altogether!!

      Lots of stuff to comment on and share across, so going to try out a new approach where I will be sharing those shorter blog entries with the odd annotation here and there and go for it! New experience altogether! Let’s see how it goes …

      Thanks again for the heads up and for the kind feedback! Greatly appreciated and, please, if I do fail on writing those shorter blog entries, give me a shout, so I can keep on target and ready out for some help! πŸ˜‰ hehe

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