Day 142: Frugality Innovation – Problem-solving inside the box

Are limitations really limiting? Navi Radjou doesn’t believe so and in his Ted talk Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits, Navi talks about a concept called Frugal Innovation. What is Frugal Innovation? Frugal Innovation basically means “doing more with less.” it’s about creating solutions within limited resources. Why this matters it’s quite easy to fall into this mindset trap of needing more or requiring that missing link before we can come up with an innovative solution, but perhaps we could find that innovation within our constraints. This is a concept I have discussed before after watching ……. Ted talk. On a personal level I am staring to see the benefits of frugal innovation on small scale stuff. Choices can be so darn overwhelming and with a large supply of choices comes a large supply of solutions that often we end up over-engineering the small stuff that shouldn’t really consume a whole lot of our … [Read more...]

Day 86: Do you hate attending meetings? Maybe you suffer from MAS.

Day 86- Do you hate attending meetings- Maybe you suffer from MAS

If you are like most people the thought of attending a meeting probably fills you with a certain degree of dread. Meetings can easily chew up half a day and leave you none the wiser at the end of it.  In his Ted talk “How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings” David Grady has some suggestion to offer on how to stop on how to stop meetings from  being such a drain on our energy and time. “Every day, we allow our coworkers, who are otherwise very, very nice people, to steal from us” says David Grady. No, he is not talking about stealing our money (well maybe this could apply indirectly) nor is he talking about stealing physical goods, David is referring to our time being stolen by attending inefficient meetings. If we know meetings waste time, why attend? David says that most of us are afflicted with this condition called Mindless Accept Syndrome, or affectional shortened to MAS.  We go to the meeting, … [Read more...]

Day 71: Do you know these 10 time saving technology hacks?

Day 71 Time saving technology shortcuts

Ted speaker David Pogue wants you to know that you have been wasting your time with technology. It's true! Don't worry though, this isn’t an anti-technology post. I could never write a scathing post on technology. David kicks off his Ted talk with some food for thought; you need a licence for anything risky, driving a car or getting married, but not for owning technology. There’s no basic course or standard syllabus, we are just supposed to know this stuff. No licence - just jump right in! Okay so I am guessing that if you were born sometime after 1999 technology such as smart phones and fast internet are just part of the landscape for you. You probably had computers at school since kindy and you probably don't get the comparison. I on the other hand was born before 1999 so I understand what David is saying. Technology is this huge minefield and we are just thrown into the deep-end when we buy technology that often we only … [Read more...]

Day 58: Rethinking non-profits

Do you make a lot of money helping others? If so, I am sorry to have to break this to you, but society sees you as a parasite. That's the general message coming though Ted speaker's Dan Pollatta's pressentation "The way we think about charity is dead wrong" If you are in the field of helping others, you are expected to be selfless. This means that you can't live in an expensive home, or be on a good salary as that wouldn't look right? Well actually Dan Pallotta thinks that this type of thinking can ultimately do more harm than good. Dan uses the example of business MBA graduates who would be taking a pay cut by taking their talent to charities. He  says that graduates who are the "brightest minds" might not be wiling to take a pay cut. "Now, there's no way you're going to get a lot of people with $400,000 talent to make a $316,000 sacrifice every year to become the CEO of a hunger charity." When I first heard that I was … [Read more...]

Day 32: Multitasking vs Monotasking – A post inspired by Paolo Cardini’s Ted talk

multi tasking woman

Continuing on with the 365 Days of Ted Talks productivity theme week, today’s blog post is in response to Paolo Cardini's Ted talk “Forget multitasking, try monotasking.” In this brief 3 minute talk Paolo challenges us to really question whether multitasking is all that it’s cracked up to be and he provides us with an alternative - monotasking. Monotasking vs Multitasking Multitasking simply means doing more than one thing at once.  Monotasking means to just focus on the one single task at hand. I have noticed a trend were people who multitask used to be seen as highly productive people, but nowadays if someone tells you they multitask they are perceived to be overwhelmed and not efficient. It is almost as if they are seen as multitasking out of necessity  as they have not scheduled their time effectively. That’s just my observation, yours might be completely different, and it could very well be based on my own personal … [Read more...]

Day 31: The office is no place to work. Jason Fried’s Tedx talk tells us why we should ditch the office

Do you work in an office. Not a home office, but an office at you your workplace. Do you get loads of work done during the day, or reach 5pm (or whenever you finish) and think s--- I got nothing done today.  Tedx speaker  Jason Fried thinks that we should ditch the office as we are not productive in their anyway and lets us know "why work doesn't happen at work."  Where are you most productive? For 10 years Jason has been asking people this simple question, "Where do you really need to go when you need to get something done?" He found that answers generally fell into three groups 1 . A place or location: This could be a coffee shop, verandah, spare room - any location. 2: A moving object:  Commuting is also a popular location to get work done. 3: Time: Other people worked better at certain hours, such as early morning or late nights. Did you notice that the office was not mentioned in the results. The place were we … [Read more...]

Day 29: Got a meeting? Take a walk

What if I told you that there was something about you that had the potential to make you sick. I mean really sick. Would you want to know about it?  Ted speaker Nilofer Merchant's Ted talk "Got a meeting? take a walk" delivers a message about the sit-down epidemic sweeping our world. We sit down too much! We spend a lot of time on our behind. We play video games, use the computer and watch television all on our behind. In fact Nilofer says on average we spend 9.5 hours each and every day sitting down.   This can't be good for us! Lack of physical activity increases our risk of diseases such as diabetes and bowel cancer. Despite these real risks of sitting down too much Nilofer says like herself,  most people wont pay attention to the warnings. What eventually made Nilofer address issue of sitting down too much was the social interaction that getting up meant.   One day Nilofer was invited to a meeting but none of the conference rooms … [Read more...]

Day 27: Where do good ideas come from? What I learnt from watching Steven Johnson’s Ted talk.

where do ideas come from

Do you have a lot of good ideas? Not just good or average but great? If not, perhaps your environment is at fault.   On day 25 I wrote about a Ted talk by Elizabeth Gilbert from  Eat, Pray. Love fame who liked to think that creativity and ideas came from external beings and was not an internal process as such. On day 26 I published a post by  Ken Robison who passionately believed that we are all born bursting with creativity and it is educated out of us. Today on day 27 I look at creativity and ideas being something that develop and truly flourish in the company of others.   What happens when we have an idea? We all have them, ideas that is. Some are better than others. Some ideas are questionable . Some are strokes of genius that we look at in awe, but what exactly happens when we have an idea?  Johnson says  "An idea -- a new idea -- is a new network of neurons firing in sync with each other inside your brain. It's a … [Read more...]

Day 21: What I learned from watching BJ Fogg’s Tedx talk “Forget big change, start with a tiny habit”

Time for Change

21 days make a habit and today I celebrate the fact that I am 21 days into my 365 Days of Ted journey. For this reason I decided to seek out a Ted talk on habits and found a great one by BJ Fogg called "Forget big change, start with a tiny habit" In this talk BJ shares his method of creating big change in a small way.     What I learned from watching BJ Fogg's Ted talk "Forget big change, start with a tiny habit" This particular talk really resonated with me as it covers a principle that I have adopted in my life over the past 12 months with a good level of success and that is attaching new habits onto existing ones. The way this works is when you participate in the old habit, your brain is trained to mentally trigger the new habit. An example that BJ gives is every morning he always does push-ups after he has been to the bathroom. The two morning habits have become a pair and one habit is no longer complete … [Read more...]