Routines that Automate

What make  computers powerful and ubiquitous is their ability to automate easy (and eventually complex) tasks. When I was watching Apollo 13 the other night, I saw the NASA engineers checking the calculations of Astronaut Jim Lovell using their slide rules. Slide rules and other such devices are mechanical in nature but soon calculators and now our smart phones easily automate calculations as simple as addition or as complex as amortization tables. What would happen if we began to apply automating principles to our lives  so that everyday tasks moved away from being mechanical nature to becoming automated. Building life routines and rituals creates smart responses that make our life easier and more effective. Of course, we already do a Read More

So You Think You Can Multi-Task…Dream On

“There is time enough for everything in the course of the day, if you do but one thing at once, but there is not time enough in the year, if you do two things at a time”. This quote attributed to the 4th Earl of Chesterfield in 1741 in a letter to his son pretty much sums up how effective multi-tasking is in our lives. Multi-tasking was first identified to describe a computer process where multiple activities could be conducted by a central processing unit that was actually able to simultaneously solve two or more computer based problems at the same time. Along the way, people began to believe their own press that we could also multi-task effectively given the Read More

The Resilience Advantage (Part 1)

So I am working on a series of stress resilience presentations for a Fortune 500 company and we are rolling out the series tomorrow. The idea behind resilience is that trying to manage stress as most individuals try to do is a complete impossibility. It’s like saying I’m going to try to manage the weather! Resilience allows you to shape your behavior in three critical ways: How you navigate through the stress in real time. We all know the feeling of dealing with a stressful situation in the moment. We feel overwhelmed, pressured, tightness in our shoulders. Foundational resilience strategies such as breathing are the single best way to gain a bit more control in the midst of the event. Read More