Denumire fișiere imagini + video

Eduardo il Magnifico - Starts with P

Eu prefer la numele fișierelor să încep cu [an] [lună] [zi], și să continui cu nume fișier, de forma:
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În acest fel, toate imaginile sunt sortate automat alfabetic.

Ajută mai mult la foldere imagini.

Iar după asta, dacă am multe foldere, împart folderele pe ani.

Pentru documente Word sau altele asemenea, folosesc același sistem, deși e ceva mai puțin util.

În orice caz, prefer într-un folder să am toate fișierele denumite așa decât strict pe baza numelui “standard”, alfabetic.

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Work fast

Patrick Dirlam - Speed demon

One time, during my professional life, I encountered a person who used to reply very fast to most emails.

Not only this, but the person also used to solve tasks quickly.

Some tasks were solved less-than-perfect, but, boy-oh-boy! – Were they done quickly.

I tried to learn from this as much as possible.

I tend to reply rather quickly to most messages.

As said before, if you give a quick answer you help that person lose less of their time.

If you value their time as much as yours, you might want to try and work fast and reply to emails quickly.

At least, that’s what I try to do.

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Why should you answer to a message quickly?

Adam Y Zhang - Fast

There are some time-management solutions that claim this:

  • Only answer your emails a few times a day.
  • Don’t be constantly available for messaging.
  • Don’t reply to phone calls at all times.
  • … etc., you got the message.

Why do I consider the advice wrong?

The logic goes as follows: if you value your time on the same level as one of your partners of discussion, you should reply to messages ASAP.

If they lose time talking to you, and they are interrupted at moment X, if you reply to them 3 hours later, they’ll also be interrupted 3 hours later.

So, it makes sense – “I’ll interrupt what I do at the current moment, to help my business partner not lose time. Their time is as valuable as mine, if I postpone answering the email/message for 3 hours, then their time will be lost. I’ll sacrifice my time for the good of the overall partnership.”

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For creativity

Miro - Thinking ...

I once (in the autumn of 2001, at VIP) heard Șerban Alexandrescu (Headvertising) speak about leisure time within an advertising agency.

His affirmation (large approximation, here) was something in line with: if you run an advertising agency, you need to give your employees some spare time. If they work long hours, they don’t have the time for leisure, like watching plays, movies, going out, which will limit their ability for creativity.

This is so true. A lot of time, people focus on the working parts – “Oh, I’ll work so-and-so hours, I don’t need to read the news, watch some movies, listen to podcasts, listen to music, in other words – educate myself. No! All I need to do is work-work-work”.

There are two problems with that:

  • First, unless you do really repetitive work, and you’re highly motivated, it’s very hard to work long hours in a day.
  • Two, you won’t get inspiration. There are some really technical jobs right now (working with repetitive tasks, just doing the same things over and over again), but, generally, it should help if you can have some creativity in your job. And, in the future, I expect more and more of the repetitive jobs will be put aside, replaced by machines (digital or physical). So, I think it would be nice to know what happens around you.

How to get more creative? I think there are two solutions:

  • Get more dots. Get more things to connect with. Expose yourself to various situations – see movies, read books, listen to things. Find out where information lurks, and get into the abyss.
  • Connect the dots. Write some blog posts connecting ideas. Keep a journal, but don’t just mention “Today I did so-and-so”, but more into “Today I did this, which reminds me of, which also reminds me of, which I can relate to another situation”. This is rather hard – connecting the dots. It’s not hard to watch a movie, it’s hard to write an essay about ideas you got in the movies, and how does the movie fit the bigger picture (pun intended). It’s not that hard to read a book, but it’s rather hard to connect the ideas within it. Make it a habit, and it should become easier as time passes by.

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Good news vs. bad news – which one should I give first?

Marian Rainer-Harbach - Spring Cleaning, Negative

According to a study:

If you are on the receiving end, Legg says, experiments showed that an overwhelming majority—more than 75 percent—wanted the bad news first. “If people know they are going to get bad news, they would rather get it over with,” she says. Then, if there is good news to follow, “you end on a high note.”

Good News or Bad News: Which Do You Want First?

I generally focus on giving the bad news first. I’m happy that this is how people would actually expect it.

Why do this? It helps overcome fears. If someone has constantly in their head – “Oh, what will the bad news be?”, they might ignore the good news altogether.

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Despre hoții de buzunare

Ian Livesey - Stop.... Thief

Am întâlnit în câteva instanțe hoți de buzunare în autobuzele sau troleibuzele din București. În aproape toate situațiile era vorba de mașini foarte aglomerate. Te suiai în ele și erai strâns lipit de alți oameni.

Ce recomand ar fi să eviți să te sui în dreptul ușii într-un autobuz foarte aglomerat. Adică te poți sui într-un autobuz aglomerat, dacă ești undeva în mijlocul autobuzului. Dar dacă ești foarte aproape de ușă, aceea e o zonă cu risc mai ridicat.

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On the WOOP method – for wishes, preferences, habits

Kevin - Trapped leaves

I found out about WOOP via a great online course (“The Science of Well-Being” by Yale University | Coursera).

WOOP is a science-based mental strategy that people can use to find and fulfill their wishes, set preferences, and change their habits. (Home — WOOP my life)

What is the WOOP method?

  • W: Think about your wish;
  • O: The best outcome;
  • O: Potential obstacles;
  • P: Your if/then plan.

(via »)

There’s also a book: Gabriele Oettingen, Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation (a nice introduction to the work on using implementation intention and WOOP in your daily life).

And an article: Stop Being So Positive. And another one: WOOP – Science’s #1 Tool For Goal Achievement and Habit Change.

A quote related to the obstacles:

“When is a monster not a monster? Oh, when you love it.” ― Caitlyn Siehl

Some thoughts:

  • It reminds me of a video in which Horia-Roman Patapievici talks about the present moment » (it starts at around 32:54).
  • It matters a lot if I want to change something in myself, to imagine the process. And I can go really deep into this, I can imagine all the details. I can describe all the mental images, via various senses (image, audio, sensorial, smell).
  • Imagining the best outcome helps me really get involved. I can see the positive final result.
  • Potential obstacles are also useful because I can try and manipulate the image. How do I refer to the obstacles? How much of an obstacle are they, really? I can also get used to them.
  • If I can get to love the obstacle, I can relate to them much better.
  • The if/then plan allows me to set up a thing that will help me avoid a bad outcome.

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How do I lose weight?

Ed Yourdon - Summertime lunch at Bryant Park, Aug 2009 - 50

How can you tell whether someone is vegan ?

Answer: Because they tell you… again, and again, and again

One of the key things in losing weight is, at least for me, keeping track of what I eat using (Free Calorie Counter, Diet & Exercise Journal).

If today I eat something with a large number of calories, and with high-calorie density (highly processed foods, sweets), by weighing myself the next morning I will likely see an increase in my weight. Tracking very thoroughly my calorie intake also helps with this – it helps me keep in my mind the fact that I need to lose weight.

Other than that, I try to do some basic calorie restrictions and having a longer time frame of not eating.

I do some sports, it surely helps, but I consider the impact at a minimum level.

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