A while ago a followed a link to an interesting e-book titled "Time Management for Creative People" by Mark McGuinness. I quickly printed a copy for reading at home and dropped it into the briefcase. Several weeks later (so much for time management), I finally read it last night and found a nice set of suggestions and ideas for better managing your "creative" time.
The book brings together several suggestions in a nice combination, including task prioritization and to-do lists, blocking out your most creative time, and some concepts I hadn’t seen before like "do it tomorrow".
If you find the book helpful, check out the wishful thinking blog as well.
Big news at Yahoo HQ today! (No, it’s not the global rollout of the new Yahoo! Mail.) After 3 1/2 years on the Messenger team, I’ve moved to the Platform Engineering team, managing the integration/solutions engineering team. It’s a small team now, but will be growing. Coincident with joining this team, we all moved into a new bullpen cube arrangement. No network connections yet, but at least all my stuff made it over safely.
Guy Kawasaki has a great piece today titled Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting a Job in Silicon Valley But Didn’t Know Who to Ask:
Many people ask me for advice about getting a job in Silicon Valley, so here’s the inside scoop. Not everyone will agree with this advice, and some will outright deny what I’m saying, but if you use these tips you will stand head and shoulders above most candidates.
I won’t reiterate the whole list here, but this is definitely worth reading. He starts the list with a great tip: “Love what the company does”. When I worked at Palm, I was amazed at the number of candidates who had little or no knowledge about Palm PDAs. “My friend has one” was one of the responses I got when asking a candidate what he thought of Palm PDAs. Needless to say he didn’t get hired. Conversely, an engineer on my team had bought a Palm and written a couple of programs for it before the interview; she was hired :)
At Yahoo we face the same situation. Again, we’re dealing with a consumer product (a free one, in fact), so there’s really no excuse for not being prepared to talk about it. In my case I had not been a heavy Yahoo! Messenger user, but played with it pretty extensively before my first interview and had intelligent things to say, both good and bad. That’s probably not the only reason I was hired, but I’m sure it helped.