Sleep

Oops.  I missed another one.  My schedule has been messed with as my car is dead and it’s taking me half an hour extra to get into work.  But that gives me half an hour extra to listen to podcasts and audio books.  I am listening to a interesting and frightening book about sleep…Why we sleep… –  While sleep is not a panacea, sleep deprivation is a very damaging condition and I am going to take steps to make sure that I have enough sleep.

The author talks about the damages of caffeine to sleep, and the long half-life of the drug.  I knew about the problems with caffeine and have been using decaf but even that is not good. So one of the actions that I will look at is reducing the use of caffeine after lunch.

3rd Monday in January

It’s the end of the weekend.  Tomorrow is Monday and the start of another work week.  But tomorrow also is ‘Blue Monday’.  

The third Monday in January is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year.  January is a tough month for those in the Northern Hemisphere.  Christmas has just finished, it is actually getting colder and all the pomp, celebration and festivities of December have gone.  

But the concept of ‘Blue Monday’ is bunkum.  It was first published in a press release by a travel company, calculated from a formula based upon weather, debt level, time since Christmas and other dubious variables.  It is now regarded as pseudoscience, and probably not even that.  It is just another Monday, admittedly a cold Monday in a dark January.  

So don’t succumb to the hype.  Make the most of the day because the days are actually getting longer, the middle of the winter is not far away and spring is round the corner.  I plan to try …

Short and …

… not so sweet today.  It’s been a bit of a tough day.  But I wanted to keep my promise of writing a blog entry every day.  So here it is.

Theory of Constraints

I am still amazed at how few ‘Agilists’ do not know much, if anything, about the Theory of Constraints. Many are starting to hear that they should read, ‘The Goal’ . But I am amazed how few have actually read it, or other of Eliyahu Goldratt’s books. And even those who have read it may not really know or understand things like the basic 5 steps .  I would urge anyone reading this that hasn’t read Goldratt do so. It’s not a magic bullet and many systems that we come across are not necessarily linear flow, but even those can be modelled as a first approximation in that way and some level of optimisation can be made, just through applying the 5 steps.

Missed one …

Oops. I missed blogging yesterday. I was running a little late in the morning and made a plan to put this off until later. It didn’t happen. So valuable lesson learned for me. Just making a decision to do it later was not enough. So I’m back doing this first thing in the morning. That does work.

But there are times when it will not be possible for me to do this first thing. So how do I make sure that I do do it. (Snigger – I’m still a kid at heart and saw the ‘do do’ and smiled inwards. Breathe!). I will look at playing with some strategies to follow through with doing this when I don’t have time first thing. Over the month, we’ll all see what does and doesn’t work.