Who Moved My Brain? Revaluing Time & Attention (4/10 edition)

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Time and attention are a knowledge worker’s most precious and irreplaceable natural resources. And, yet, most of us find our lives riddled with attention leaks that sap hours from every week. What can …

Time and attention are a knowledge worker’s most precious and irreplaceable natural resources. And, yet, most of us find our lives riddled with attention leaks that sap hours from every week. What can we do to understand where those leaks are coming from? And how we can start to command greater respect for time and attention — as well as ensuring that we respect that of our colleagues?

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  • 1. HELLO.
  • 2. WHO MOVED MY BRAIN? REVALUING TIME & ATTENTION MERLIN MANN 43FOLDERS.COM Who Moved My Brain? by Merlin Mann is ©2010 Merlin Mann. It is licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License. Based on a work at www.43folders.com.
  • 3. MIKE MULEDESIGN.COM
  • 4. http://flic.kr/p/3u3hFj
  • 5. YOU ARE A BIG BARGAIN.
  • 6. YEAH. BUT, WHY?
  • 7. KNOWLEDGE WORK IS MOSTLY IN YOUR HEAD & INVISIBLE
  • 8. KNOWLEDGE WHUH, NOW?
  • 9. BLACK BOX CAREER
  • 10. {} specs meetings email pizza etc. (thing you do) plop! Flawless Work jo b! re at G
  • 11. REMEMBER RICHARD SCARRY?
  • 12. Copyright © Random House, Inc.
  • 13. Copyright © Random House, Inc.
  • 14. Copyright © Random House, Inc.
  • 15. Copyright © Random House, Inc.
  • 16. Copyright © Random House, Inc.
  • 17. (A DRAMATIZATION)
  • 18. EXHIBIT A 6 BERRY WATSON, CA. 197
  • 19. GRANDPA’S JOB 1933 1940 1950 1960 1966
  • 20. Boss Grandpa Deadbeat Deadbeat Deadbeat
  • 21. Other Main Boss Boss Old Boss HR with Questions Committee Primary You Team Secondary Team Sr. Engineer Programming Who Hates You Partner That Marketing Tech Person Committee
  • 22. OPPORTUNITY COST
  • 23.
  • 24. SELFISH? HARD-LY.
  • 25. FINITE TIME, FINITE ATTENTION Concept: Joel Spolsky / JoelOnSoftware.com
  • 26. SO?
  • 27. FIVE PATTERNS (THINGS THAT TEND TO WORK)
  • 28. FIVE PATTERNS 1 Identify Leaks 2 Govern Access 3 Minimize Notifications 4 Work in Dashes 5 Renegotiate
  • 29. IDENTIFY LEAKS
  • 30. GOVERN ACCESS
  • 31. WHO GETS ACCESS NOW?
  • 32. MINIMIZE NOTIFICATIONS
  • 33. “DING!”
  • 34. WORK IN DASHES
  • 35. TRAINING: 10/50 DASH 10 min Collect & Process 50 min Work 10 min Collect & Process Etc...
  • 36. RENEGOTIATE
  • 37. QUALIFYING “YES”
  • 38. QUALIFYING “YES” • Kinda • Maybe • Later • A Little
  • 39. FIVE PATTERNS 1 Identify Leaks 2 Govern Access 3 Minimize Notifications 4 Work in Dashes 5 Renegotiate
  • 40. HERE’S YOU: OK, GENIUS, SO, WHO DID MOVE MY BRAIN?
  • 41. HERE’S ME: ANYONE WHOM YOU’VE LET MOVE YOUR BRAIN.
  • 42. BE A DAD
  • 43. THANKS. (NOW, YOU.)
  • 44. REALLY. THANKS.
  • 45. WHO MOVED MY BRAIN? REVALUING TIME & ATTENTION MERLIN MANN 43FOLDERS.COM Who Moved My Brain? by Merlin Mann is ©2010 Merlin Mann. It is licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License. Based on a work at www.43folders.com.