Doing Less

Of late I have been practicing this philosophy of “Doing Less”.

The idea here is to do less number of things and do them well.

Where did this come from?
In May, while waiting in the airport for my flight back home, I took out a pen and paper to make a list of things I need to do after getting home. As I wrote down things, slowly it became a two page list. From printing large prints, to sorting my paperwork, to filing taxes and to make a release of JBlogEditor and JHelpBuilder, the list had everything I had pending since the last six months.

At that point I realized that this was too long a list of tasks for me to satisfactorily complete. I then decided to do less number of things. It was inspired by http://zenhabits.net/2007/05/handbook-for-life-52-tips-for-happiness-and-productivity which I had read a few days back.

The idea here is not to do less work, but less no of items and do a better job at each one of those.

I short listed three area to work on:

  • Family (it is all about that): Spending more time with Pareena; Just sitting with Vaishali and Pareena in the common room and talk.
  • Job and career development: That’s where the moolah to put food on the table comes.
  • Photography and related activities: shooting, printing, processing and so on.

Everything else is out.

I have been try that for the last two months and I fell that it works very well for me. I had been planning to shoot a slide roll for years. I did that last month.  For several months I wanted to print and frame some large print. I did that last week. Similarly some things at work which I wanted to do for a while got done recently.

This really work. 🙂

Flight delays in India

OTP – 98.79% in June 2007 (within 1 hr)

claims Air Deccan in its July in-flight magazine.

I couldn’t stop laughing. The longest point to point flight in India is would be no longer than three or three and a half hour. A one hour delay is almost 33% of your flight time.

I am glad I don’t fly a lot, but over the last month I flew twice to Delhi and once to Bombay. Every flight was delayed by more than 15 min (yep that’s my standard). One Kingfisher flight, delayed by 25min, did not even acknowledge the delay.

Times of India says It’s official: 40% of metro flights delayed. Again a flight is considered delayed if it is delayed for more then 1 hr. And this is just the metros where the airports are better staffed (I believe) and the infrastructure is better. Every time I have flown out of Bangalore, every second flight that is departing seem to be delayed. If we extend this statistics to smaller minimal infrastructure airports like Bangalore, this number would shoot above 70%. And if we count all flight delayed more than 15 min, then this stat would become meaningless.

We definitely need some better standards here.

Jet Airways online Flight Status tool

Checking for my flight (9W816) status on Jet website I got this:
jetFlightStatus

Hmm! maybe they sold me a bogus ticket.

Fortunately the online check-in tool works. I was able to confirm that that the flight exists and actually check-in.

Job Interview

If you take a job with a company that asks you questions any idiot could answer, sooner or later they’re going to put you on a project with some idiot who answered them.
—Giles Bowkett, Programmer Interviews: Two Warning Signs

Seen on http://weblog.raganwald.com/2007/05/caveat-about-job-interviews.html