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Hot spots are a simple metaphor for thinking about what’s important. Imagine your life as a heat map with Hot Spots. Hot Spots are the key investment areas or choice points that need your......

Hot spots are a simple metaphor for thinking about what’s important. Imagine your life as a heat map with Hot Spots. Hot Spots are the key investment areas or choice points that need your attention. Hot Spots are a lens and each Hot Spot can represent pain or opportunity or pleasure.

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  • 1. Hot Spots
    • J.D. Meier
    How To See the Forest from the Trees
  • 2. Agenda
    • What are Hot Spots
    • Why use Hot Spots
    • How to use Hot Spots
  • 3. The Problem
    • Where do you need to spend your time?
    • What do you need to focus on?
    You have limited time and energy to spend. You need to spend it wisely.
  • 4. Hot Spots
    • Key Concepts
    • Imagine your life as a heat map with Hot Spots.
    • Hot Spots are the key investment areas or choice points that need your attention.
    • Each Hot Spot can represent pain or opportunity or pleasure.
    Hot spots are a simple metaphor for thinking about what’s important. Hot Spots are areas of focus.
  • 5. Hot Spots as Your Portfolio Think of your life as an investment portfolio or a heat map.
  • 6. Why Hot Spots
    • Key Benefits
    • They give you a simple lens for looking at your life.
    • They help you set boundaries.
    • They help you focus and prioritize.
    • They help you balance your life.
    Hot Spots provide a simple way to invest your time and energy across significant areas of your life. By looking at your life in terms of a heat map of pain, pleasure, and opportunity, you can better invest your time and energy to improve your results.
  • 7. How To Use Hot Spots
    • You can use hot spots several ways:
    • Achieve work-life balance - set boundaries in terms of how much time or energy you spend in a given area of your life. You can set minimums or maximums.
    • Ask better questions - Ask key questions about significant areas of your life using Hot Spots as a lens.
    • Focal points for improvement - Use hot spots as focal points to improve. For example, you can find and test best practices for a given area of your life.
    • Analyze your time and energy - Analyze your investment of time and energy across your portfolio of Hot Spots.
    See the forest from the trees. Balance and focus your life.
  • 8. Key Take Aways
    • Think of your life as a portfolio or heat map.
    • Use Hot Spots to invest your time and energy.
    • Set minimums and maximums in terms of time or energy in your hot spots.
    • Achieve work-life balance by investing across your hot spots.
  • 9. Call to Action
    • Read the Guide – Getting Results.com ( http://GettingResults.com )
    • Share it with a friend
    • Share your success story ( [email_address] )
  • 10. About J.D. Meier
    • J.D. Meier …
    • Principal Program Manager on the Microsoft patterns & practices team
    • Focus - Software Development, Project Management, and Effectiveness
    • Research, author, run teams, and ship stuff
    • 10+ years deliberate practice in “best practices”
    • 750+ software architecture and design reviews
    • As a hobby and passion, I study success across Microsoft up and down the chain.
    • Key Projects (Blue Books and Software)
    • Blue Books for Microsoft (Technical Books)
    • Application Architecture Guide 2.0
    • Improving Web Services Security (The WCF Security Guide)
    • Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications
    • Team Development with VSTS/TFS (The TFS Guide)
    • patterns & practices Security Engineering
    • Improving Web Application Security (Threats and Countermeasures)
    • Improving .NET Application Performance and Scalability
    • Building Secure ASP.NET Applications (The first Microsoft “Blue Book”)
    • Software / Tools
    • Guidance Explorer (“ITunes for Knowledge”)
    • Practices Checker (“Building Codes Inspector for Software Best Practices”)
    • Blogs
    • J.D. Meier on MSDN (My Microsoft Blog): http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier
    • Sources of Insight (My Effectiveness Blog) - http://SourcesOfInsight.com
    Guidance Explorer
  • 11. The End