One phrase I want to drop from my vocabulary is the trite and over-used term often thrown around at the beginning of meetings by a host or facilitator who says they “want to honor everyone’s time.”
One big way to honor people’s time is not to hold the meeting.
Telling an assembled group of people you want to “honor everyone’s time” feels more and more like a throw-away line. I don’t think I’ve ever met or observed a person who intentionally created a meeting to waste other people’s time. Most people holding meetings do so with good intentions that don’t always deliver.
It’s more meaningful to me not to tell me you want to “honor my time,” but instead show me you “honor my time” by:
Not having the meeting at all
Providing a crisp agenda of issues to discuss and decisions to make prior to meeting
Moving the meeting along as quickly as you can
Making sure the meeting stays on track
Ending the meeting early or on time
If I experience these things, my time feels honored.
For any non-technical readers out there, this is probably a post to skip.
Anyone that’s been around Linux for a long time knows that system messages and logs are usually stored in /var/log/messages. Apparently a few versions of Fedora ago, it went away and is now created or managed instead by a program called journalctl.
I was having problems with my Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 (1080p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording) using it with Bluejeans. Both the webcam and Bluejeans are fantastic tools I recommend. Both worked really well on Fedora 21 with Firefox until some of the more recent kernel updates. The problem I have is that in the midst of a video call my outgoing audio suddenly drops.
So far the problem has not appeared going back to an older kernel version. Right now I’m running kernel-3.17.8-300.fc21.x86_64.
I was able to find some indicators by running journalctl and scrolling through the output; however, I could not figure out how to export the output to save my life so I could share it with someone else and get help. Google and the man page weren’t any help. Asking someone at work I found out that it’s really simple, you just redirect the output!
$ journalctl > dump-of-journalctl.txt
Apparently you can also give it arguments like --since today or --since yesterday.
I heard a great interview with Jim Woods over on the Rap With Nic podcast several weeks ago. In addition to some great productivity ideas I was reminded of the power of the timer. I use them from time to, but not as much as would benefit me. I tried out his suggestion and it saved me a bunch of wasted time.
Jim described how he sets a timer when he goes onto social media. The other day I was trying to be more disciplined with my time and so when I opened my personal email to take a break I hit start on the timer that was set for 5 minutes. Before long I was lost in a worm hole of links and queries and then suddenly the timer rang. Without them who knows how long I would have gone.
I picked up these timers at the Dollar store. Sometimes I use them for the Pomodoro technique, but more often than not I work in random blocks of time and use them to force me to focus. They are always sitting right in front of me.
I’m a huge fan of bodyweight exercises. I can do some of these, but nearly as many as I would like. I’m always amazed at the variety and simplicity of these exercises. Well, they might be hard to execute, but most of them just require you and your body!
If you’re looking to get started with an exercise routine that doesn’t require expensive equipment or a gym membership, I heartily recommend You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren. I’ve been doing the program for almost two years now and I never dreamed of gaining the strength I have now. Makes me wish I’d known about a program like this a long time ago.