Productivity during work

During the day there are just SO many things that can keep me from being productive that I’ve created a few habits that helped me increase productivity.
Today I thought I’d share these tips with you ๐Ÿ™‚

Music

I <3 listening to music.
However, I’ve noticed that when listening to ‘ordinary music’, my mind drifts when I listen to the lyrics or notice familiar tunes.
Inadvertently I’d lose focus, either changing the song, the volume, humming along etc.

In comes instrumental music/piano music:

Productivity

  • Shut down basic apps like
    • Outlook or other mailclient
    • Skype for Business or other business related IM client
    • Close miscellaneous browser tabs [Twitter,Facebook etc], keeping only the necessary tabs opened.
    • Minimize your ticketing system/app
  • Block your calendar to inform others what you’re working on
  • Set your Operating system and phone to quiet hours/Do Not Disturb

Depending on your work environment, you might want to find an Office for a day to distance yourself from your normal desk and/or work with headphones on [might not be the most social thing to do, but some people do not get the hint]

I’m personally looking in to something called ‘The Productivity Planner‘, as I’ve read good things about it, but others swear by apps like Wunderlist or Microsoft’s To-Do [which might be the same in the future]

What about you?

I’d love to hear about your tips which help you improve your productivity!

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Introducing Windows Server 2019

This just out by the Windows Server team

Windows Server 2019 is now available for Preview!

With this release of the latest server OS, Microsoft will try and focus on the following items:

  • Hybrid Cloud Scenarios
  • Security
  • Application Platform
  • Hyper-converged Infrastructure [HCI]

General availability is expected for the second half of calendar year 2018.

Read all about it on Microsoft’s release post here!

Update

Installed the VHDX and tried the ISO file, but nothing really spectacular so far.
Did notice the GUI install option has been completely removed, so I guess some of my colleagues will be running Windows Server 2016 quite some time ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Once I have more time to play with this, I’ll be sure to create another post with all the goodies ๐Ÿ™‚

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Let’s start over…

Many times over I thought about what I should be blogging about.

PowerShell’s the future and I really like everything PowerShell related, so a theme for the blog was ‘easy’.
Howeverย I’m not really a front runner when it comes to IT, so most of the things I’d be playing with have been done before.

I’d get stuck on what to write about, because surely no one would be interested in ‘another basic PowerShell blog’.
Writing doesn’t come naturally to me and English is not my native language, so transferring thoughts to a blog post can be challenging.
Besides that I normally overthink whatever I write, causing a ‘simple’ blog post to take me hours if not days.

What changed?

In 2018 I had a few breakthroughs that jump-started my love for PowerShell again:

All in all, I’m coding more and more again, finding new reasons to look into it and wanting to share my findings with others.

What does this mean for the blog?

Well, besides an updated colour scheme and logo, I want to grow through teaching more and attending/speaking at more seminars.

But I won’t just blog about PowerShell anymore.
I’ll try and write more about various things, such as other technologies I’m playing with [PowerShell related or not], share interesting articles/tweets that I’ve read.

This should mean some posts will be shorter than ‘normal’, but I’m hoping that like with coding,ย  writing more will help me become a better writer.
Possibly it will even help me create content more easily.

All in all, let’s start writing again ๐Ÿ™‚

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