Feia temps que volia escriure una mica sobre la meva experiència des que vaig marxar de Catalunya per viure a Suècia ara fa un pèl més d’un any. No pretenc explicar si aquí es viu millor que a casa, o quines coses fan millor els suecs que nosaltres, però intentaré desmentir o confirmar alguns dels mites que circulen, i també comparar algunes qüestions rutinàries amb la vida que tenia abans a Catalunya.
There are a bunch of gurus on the Internet telling how to be productive. One of the main aspects in every article regarding the topic is the mailbox handling. I’m not trying to convince anyone about my method, but I want to share it. I’ve taken suggestions from several friends, and read some articles throughout time. This is how I do it:
Direct emails from colleagues, friends, job opportunities, etc.: Marked as important
Mailing lists, newsletters and the rest of bulk email: Not important
This is how I configure my 3 panes:
First pane: Important email
Second pane: All starred email
Show up to 10 messages in each pane (at most 30 emails in the Priority Inbox)
Check Important pane emails (I do that every two hours):
If no answer is expected: read and archive
If I can answer quickly (or don’t need to prepare or gather information): reply, archive and star if I’m expecting an answer.
If I can’t answer right away, or need to prepare extra info: star and archive
Same rules ‘Everything else mail’ (I do that three times a week at most)
If you follow all the steps above, you will end up having all the work to do in the ‘All starred’ pane. Try to keep the number of emails there below a reasonable number (I easily get stressed if it goes above 20). When you get the replies you were waiting for, apply same rules again: read and archive, reply archive and star (if it needs follow-up).
We have a day off today. Some people here celebrate the start of one of the biggest genocides in history. I’ve decided to spend today working in my ‘just for fun‘ stuff. I’ve been reading a lot lately about HTML5 and CSS3 (follow Dion Almaer on Twitter to get the latest news), and I’ve been looking for a moment to start playing with those things.
Bicing.info: If you live in Barcelona, and you are a Bicing bike sharing service user, you probably hate Bicing’s official website availability map. Some time ago, I created a simple website which fills up your browser window with the bike availability map. It also comes with a handy search box.
Seo it up: A project under which I’m building a set of tools connected with Search Engine Optimization. Currently, you can use the beta PageRank checker tool.
I’m keeping secret for a while two more surprises on the new server. Stay tuned during the following weeks.