I’ve been reflecting on 2010 and short of actually coming up with resolutions I’ve found a way to improve in 2011. I think the biggest change I’d like to make isto change my focus.
I thought that multi-tasking was a skill that improves the amount of work we can accomplish, but especially in 2010, I’ve found it do a bit more harm than good. In manual or task oriented projects, multi-tasking has been great. It allows me to bounce between a few different pieces of the project, do some work, and then move on. But when it comes to creative thinking or problem solving, mult-tasking seems to have become a bit more of a curse than a blessing.
For Christmas, my wife got me “Soul Pancake”, the book by Rainn Wilson and his team. It has helped me understand a bit of what I’ve lost. In the new year, I want to spend more allotted time simply being creative: treating it like a skillset instead of a tool you call upon. I’m calling this “The Analog Conversion”. Instead of being stuck in our digital ways of checking 7 websites, chatting with friends, getting SMSs, I want to be able to truly think through a problem, idea, or thought without either being distracted or letting my mind wander to distract itself.
I think I’ll be able to perform best in this conversion with some sort of framework. I intend to keep updating this as I go through the process, but I’m going to start with bullet points, I guess.
I figure these three bullet points are a good start for the manifesto. I don’t intend to shut out the digital world because, to be honest, that would never really work. But I intend to change how I use it.
I know some of the (few) followers of this blog might be annoyed of the non-technical slant, but I think even for developers coding is a means of creative expression. Its one tool we have to create something. For me, I’ve found, coding provides me an outlet for this expression but I can more about the expression than the tool. But having a bunch of tools definitely helps.