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 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...]