Thursday, December 17, 2009

Are You in the Right Job?

Now that I am in my 3rd career, I discovered a litmus test of finding out if you are in the right job. Ask yourself do you like the people you go to lunch with? When I was in the Army, I found it hard to find like minded individuals to chat about philosophy, politics, and books, so I usually ate alone sitting against a tree. When I was an elementary school teacher, I couldn't bear eating lunch in the teachers' lounge and listening to the gossiping and complaining, so I usually ate alone in my classroom. In my current job (now academia), I fill up my lunch plans every week with different coworkers that I genuinely enjoy chatting, collaborative brainstorming, and conversing with. After all I am not a loner luncher, I am finally in the right job around the right people for me.

Dirty Jobs Philosphical Reflection of the Lost Art of Work

Watch Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the lost art and  nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

GTD Gmail System

My GTD/Gmail system

How to Organize Your Email Folders- GTD Style

Gmail Superstars

My superstar codes:
Yellow Star=Requires Action (No Deadline)
Blue Star= (Ice melt) Requires Action Soon
Red ! = Requires Action Now
i = useful info to file
? = don't know
>>>= forward, @waiting forward, pending, delegated

If you want to find the messages that have a certain kind of star, use one of the following queries:
has:yellow-star (or l:^ss_sy)
has:blue-star (or l:^ss_sb)
has:red-star (or l:^ss_sr)
has:orange-star (or l:^ss_so)
has:green-star (or l:^ss_sg)
has:purple-star (or l:^ss_sp)
has:red-bang (or l:^ss_cr)
has:yellow-bang (or l:^ss_cy)
has:blue-info (or l:^ss_cb)
has:orange-guillemet (or l:^ss_co)
has:green-check (or l:^ss_cg)
has:purple-question (or l:^ss_cp)