3 things about zero waste living

TZero-waste living is every environmentalist`s dream, over the recent years; there has been many raising voices to consider our harm impact on the environment, which reversed on us as humans and all life forms on earth.

Many people including environmentalists and ordinary ones, made a lot of efforts to achieve the zero-waste living, those are experiences considered as influential and idols towards human and environment acts and movements.

By researching these experiments, we learned three major things / facts about the zero-waste living attitude, on this article we shall have a closer look upon them:

Contexts Using Separate Mac Accounts

This is an interesting post about using Mac Fast User Switching for GTD Contexts.

The idea is to use separate accounts with separate Email, Instant Messaging and Bookmarks and so on to separate out the different modes of your work.

Continuous Slow Improvement

Read a great article on practicing your personal Kaizen at lifehacker.com.

A Japanese management strategy called Kaizen roughly translates to “continuous slow improvement.” In the corporate world, it’s an efficiency and defect-proofing system often used on factory floors. But Kaizen emphasizes the well-being of the employee, working smarter, not harder and developing best practices so that workers don’t have to think. As such, Kaizen is an ideal approach to improve one’s personal workflow.

Goal-Setting Through Woodwork

coffee tableIf you have ever built a coffee table, you may have come to the same realization as Mike Kramer.

It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this end table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa.

This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now confident that I can achieve any goal I set my mind to.

He calls it his “blueprint for goal achievement”. I believe everyone has experienced this in some form. If you make a concerted effort to “do something”, and subsequently succeeded, there are lessons from that effort that can be extracted and applied to other areas of your life. The trick is to not lose these cross-functional lessons. Take the moments necessary to process what you learn.

Managing Interruptions

This is a great suggestion from the Boston Globe article on managing interruptions:

Break tasks into 10-minute segments; when you get interrupted, jot a phrase or cue to bring you back into the task later. When people drop in or call, give them your full attention.

Via 43Folders.

Could Scrum Help You Achieve Your Goals?

Known as a hyper-productivity technique, Scrum was initially designed to manage software projects. It can be applied to other projects as well.

Its intended use is for management of software development projects, and it has been successfully used to “wrap” Extreme Programming and other development methodologies. However, it can theoretically be applied to any context where a group of people need to work together to achieve a common goal - such as setting up a small school, scientific research projects or planning a wedding.

I am thinking of starting off in a simple way for each module/project team members. Spend about 5 minutes to compose a scrum mail circulated amongst the team members with simple topics like -

  • Completed
  • In Progress
  • tomorrow’s plan
  • the week ahead

Google Calendar Beta

google calendar

Now is the time to test drive the new Google calendar. People are raving about the features it offers and the user interface, but one of the coolest things about it is the promise of it being a platform for people to build onto… the open API…

The bigger question is will Calendar be a “hit” for Google or just another so-so product. I do think it’s an advanced user service, in much the same way that Gmail attracts a more sophisticated email user. In that way, it’s a great fit with Google’s target audience of early adopters.

Benjamin Franklin Was a LifeHacker

ben franklinCheck out Ben Franklin’s goals at Lifehacker.

Once upon a time, a young man at the tender age of 20 came up with a life plan which consisted of 13 guidelines. He kept a daily chart of these 13 goals, and placed a dot next to the ones he failed to abide by each day for the rest of his life.

Deciding What to Do With Your Life

Steve Pavlina:

“Obviously there’s a lot riding on your answer.  It’s not even just about your own life but also the lives of everyone else you might effect during your lifetime.  You could choose to be insignificant, but you might also be able to play a hugely significant role in the future direction of this planet.  Conscious choice gives you that option.  And yielding this option to others doesn’t relieve you of any responsibility whatsoever.”

Thumb Thing Helps You Out

thumb thingWhat new innovations are out there to improve your daily life? Check out the thumb thing… Haha!

When I was a teenager I remember reading a science-fiction story which predicted that by the 21st century, information would be piped directly into the brain. In the story, a character encountered that most archaic object, an old-fashioned book, and felt appalled that people in the 20th century had been forced to endure so much physical discomfort, holding books and turning their pages manually–or trying to prevent the pages from turning if there was a breeze.

Malik on 30Boxes

Is there finally going to be a good online calendar? What Is 30Boxes?:

“They showed me their early early alpha, and it is safe to say 30 Boxes will be to calendars what GMail was to Email.”

30Boxes

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