Work in Disguise: Two Strategies to Find Out If You Are Truly Taking a Break

One of the most challenging aspects of knowledge work is one that is often overlooked: much of what we call knowledge ‘work’ is actually quite fun. Think of an entrepreneur, a software developer who likes to write code, think of a manager who likes to see her objects develop in fruitful ways, think of a … Continue reading Work in Disguise: Two Strategies to Find Out If You Are Truly Taking a Break

The Dangers of the OK Plateau and How to Overcome Them

I found the following wonderful quote in Daniel Goleman's Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence via Brain Pickings: Amateurs are content at some point to let their efforts become bottom-up operations. After about fifty hours of training — whether in skiing or driving — people get to that “good-enough” performance level, where they can go through the … Continue reading The Dangers of the OK Plateau and How to Overcome Them

Work Pattern: Explore, Tag, Collect (ETC)

A work pattern for explorative investigations, which should result in a structured collection, for instance a Literature Review. Step 1: Explore Browse through potential sources for your collection. Possible tools for this are databases, search engines or feed aggregators (eg Google Reader). Step 2: Tag Tag articles or places you think might be of relevance. … Continue reading Work Pattern: Explore, Tag, Collect (ETC)

Reach of Personal Knowledge Management

Personal knowledge management or personal information management is a distinct cross-disciplinary stream of literature. Personal information management in an organizational setting is a special case, as the management of personal information should be aligned with organizational knowledge management efforts. In this article, we provide a framework, which can help understanding the context of personal knowledge … Continue reading Reach of Personal Knowledge Management