On Optimal Study Time Planning Almost anyone studying for CCIE Lab has limited time resources. Practically everyone thinks about optimum study time management. For example, take IEWB-RS VOL1, which has a tremendous amount of material to work on. The workbook is structured in sections of different sizes. Let’s assume that you need to spend T1, T2, T3 … TN (N – number of sections) hours on section 1, 2, 3 … N but you only have T hours available for study, so that T1+T2+T3 +… +Tn > T. Of course, if T > T1+T2+…+TN, you’re a lucky person and don’t have to bother with optimizations!. Notice that the method utilized in the paper corresponds to a “utilitarian” approach, maximizing the aggregate utility of all “members”. Further Reading: St. There is a separate post on spaced repetitions and memorization titled: How to Study for your CCIE About Petr Lapukhov, 4xCCIE/CCDE: Find all posts by Petr Lapukhov, 4xCCIE/CCDE | Visit Website
How to Manage Time Like You'd Manage a Budget The amount of time you have each week to accomplish tasks and get results is limited. Which means you have a finite budget of hours -- just like you have a finite budget of dollars. After reading this article, my hope is that you give your time budget the same discipline and respect (or more) that you give (or should give) to your financial budget. Staying Within Your Time Budget As an example, let's say you and your spouse have a personal budget of $400 per month for groceries. Then, right as you're approaching checkout, you see something in the store that catches your eye. What do you do? The correct answer is don't buy it; and rather stay within your set budget. Your time budget is the same way. Go home and enjoy your life. Is it Ever Done? Now I know that if you practice this, there will be painful days where you fail to do something important because you ran out of time and would not work later. Try this today -- track your time, then look back afterward and note what you did.
Great People Are Overrated - Bill Taylor by Bill Taylor | 2:42 PM June 20, 2011 Last month, in an article in the New York Times on the ever-escalating “war for talent” in Silicon Valley, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a passing comment that has become the entrepreneurial equivalent of a verbal tick — something that’s said all the time, almost without thinking. “Someone who is exceptional in their role is not just a little better than someone who is pretty good,” he argued when asked why he was willing to pay $47 million to acquire FriendFeed, a price that translated to about $4 million per employee. “They are 100 times better.” Zuckerberg’s casual calculation reminded me of a conversation with Marc Andreessen, the legendary cofounder of Netscape, and now one of Silicon Valley’s most high-profile venture capitalists. “The gap between what a highly productive person can do and what an average person can do is getting bigger and bigger,” he told Polly LaBarre and me for our book, Mavericks at Work.
The Straight-A Gospels: Pseudo-Work Does Not Equal Work July 26th, 2007 · 78 comments This is the first post in a three-part series focusing on the Straight-A Gospels — the core concepts behind my book, How to Become a Straight-A Student. Today we focus on Gospel #1: Pseudo-work does not equal work Here are two facts: (1) I made straight A’s in college. (2) I studied less than most people I know. The same holds true for many of the straight-A students I researched for my book. If this sounds unbelievable, it is probably because you subscribe to the following formula: work accomplished = time spent studying The more time you study the more work you accomplish. To understand our accomplishment, you must understand the following, more accurate formula: work accomplished = time spent x intensity of focus That last factor — intensity of focus — is the key to explaining why straight-A students never seem to embark on the same fatigue-saturated all-night study adventures that most undergrads rely on. [For math geeks, this is standard exponential decay.]
My daily hourly schedule Review how you spend your time in order to help you prioritize your goals and objectives. This exercise may help: How did you do? Continue with the time management series: Time management | My daily schedule | My weekly schedule | Scheduling your school calendar | My goals | Organizing my tasks | Creating to-do lists | Avoiding procrastination | Developing self-discipline Text of the exercise: (See also the Text/Java version) Determine how you spend a "typical" 24-hour day:Enter the hours or parts of hours for each activity, the total is 24 hours! Educating Innovators When does innovation begin? Is it at the moment of inception, or at the moment of adoption, or at the moment when the new innovation really displaces the old? An interesting question, especially as the implications of each milestone are fundamentally different, yet each is a profound accomplishment in their own right. “Use-centered innovation” will, by necessity, celebrate not only advances in hardware, but also advances in utilization practices, and as our recent experiences with personal computers, smart phones, and tablets have so vividly illustrated, it is often well-after the “platform” is launched that the real innovation begins. Rethinking marketing Recently, IMD was invited to assist a partner company in rethinking the world of Marketing, and particularly the essence of what we came to refer to as Wow! Starting out The bulk of our program time was devoted to group work – recognizing, distilling and generalizing the lessons to be learned from their team’s Wow! Wow! By Bill Fischer
Question Wording Perhaps the most important part of the survey process is the creation of questions that accurately measure the opinions, experiences and behaviors of the public. Accurate random sampling and high response rates will be wasted if the information gathered is built on a shaky foundation of ambiguous or biased questions. Creating good measures involves both writing good questions and organizing them to form the questionnaire. Questionnaire design is a multistage process that requires attention to many details at once. Designing the questionnaire is complicated because surveys can ask about topics in varying degrees of detail, questions can be asked in different ways, and questions asked earlier in a survey may influence how people respond to later questions. Researchers also are often interested in measuring change over time and therefore must be attentive to how opinions or behaviors have been measured in prior surveys. Question development Measuring change over time Question wording Pretests
How to Make Time by Prioritizing and Scheduling: 6 steps Edit Article Edited by Harold R, Manuel_Montenegro_THANKS!, Nicole Willson, Flickety and 13 others You may not be able to create time, but you can manage your life effectively to maximize the time you spend with people, pets, work, friends, family, and just hanging around. Ad Steps 1Identify your priorities. 6Get into a regular sleeping rhythm, waking up at the same time in the morning and going to bed at the same time each night. Video Tips Start your schedule at the beginning of the week. Warnings If you sleep in on the weekends, this will make Mondays and Tuesdays all that much harder to wake up.