It’s taken me a while to get back round to my notes from a different event that I attended back in June this year, the event was held in London and it was http://www.techforbritain.co.uk/
It caught our eye to attend based on some of the speakers and topics that were being discussed. The reason for sharing this in the form of a blog post is really to refresh my memory but also for anyone that is looking outside the box from our day to day IT worlds,
The next 3 posts are going to touch on various different aspects with this one looking at the way we spend our time and the common misconception that if we put more hours in we are working harder, but working longer doesn’t always mean that.
The other two posts that will follow will touch on a different angle of simplicity and how much that simple approach needs to be included when we do anything because if it’s not easy we wont use it. The final post touches on some notes I took during the session based on building a sustainable workforce.
Lots of notes taken, but I hope the concept and thoughts are easy to see from the three posts.
The new work manifesto – Bruce Daisley – Twitter – @brucedaisley
Bruce’s session was very much focused on helping achieve that work/life balance. It’s around improving work. “New Work Manifesto is a programme of small changes that any of us can bring to our workplaces to make work more fun.”
The manifesto that has been created by Bruce Daisley and Sue Todd can be found here. You will also find a very interesting podcast from Bruce, can be found on Apple Podcasts but here is the site for reference also – https://eatsleepworkrepeat.fm/podcast/ this is really focusing on how to be better with time, creativity what other successful people are doing in and around the industry.
Bruce also mentioned a few books, a more detailed list can be found on that link I posted above. The ones mentioned were:
Bruce also said a few other things that got me thinking and that was around, you should:
Get Happier Friends – Not drains more radiators
Progress – On something meaningful
“Distraction is the enemy of vision” – Kanye West
“Never stand when you can sit. Never sit when you lay down.” – Chris Hoy
Charles Dickens used to work till lunch time and then go for a 6 to 10 mile walk and look what he achieved!
Bruce mentioned two people to maybe listen to on TED talks or read their content but two people mentioned that could maybe could get more positivity into your life:
Teresa Amabile – is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School.
Alex Paul “Sandy” Pentland – is an American computer scientist, the
Toshiba Professor at MIT, and serial entrepreneur. He is one of the most cited authors in computer science, and helped create the MIT Media Lab.
Face to face meetings is where the creativeness comes from.
Final thoughts from this session was 4 things to implement into and change in your day.
#1 Turn of notifications on your phone
#2 Make sure you take lunch
#3 No e-mail at the weekend
#4 Laughing is important
70 hours = 56 hours – same output the 70 just think they are working hardware which just increases stress.
Sustainability is key as with everything, I have actually been really reading into this in regards to a diet, a crash diet is not going to be sustained so you just go from losing a little bit for a week or two then you go straight back you have to make sure you can sustain and build into your routine, work is the same.
The final thing I noted was the “Monk mode Mornings” No email, No slack, this was also very interesting for me as I love to have many things on at once and I might not be the best at prioritising the right task up the list. I think I am very good at procrastination, one thing I have consciously worked on since hearing from Bruce is taking certain times during the day to completely switch off from the world of notifications and chatter.