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Have you ever thought of how much information is around you and how does it influence the organization of your life? Is it really possible to find truly important data in the sea of all that information, not letting the unimportant ones stray you away from your course? Efficiency and effectiveness, saving time and achieving goals were just some of the topics of the lecture "How to stay current" that our CTO, Boban Miksin, held at a recently organized Webiz conference.

Looking back at the fact that people are surrounded by a lot of information, in real life and via social networks, Boban explained that determining what is essential is hard to do. However, it is something that must be done.

-Being effective means you have directions in which you need to go. Being efficient means doing things in an optimal way. In the first place, you need to be effective, because efficiency will come through practice and discipline- said Boban.

He recalled how he sometimes had felt like an intruder among his friends who had been talking about topics that had been a part of their fields of interests. Hence, he tried to acquire knowledge about the fields his friends knew so much about, in order to have topics he could talk about with them. He realized that it was not possible, that you cannot know everything.

Boban Miksin Boban Miksin, Software Arhitect

Effective and efficient way of working

06 Apr 2016

Have you ever thought of how much information is around you and how does it influence the organization of your life? Is it really possible to find truly important data in the sea of all that information, not letting the unimportant ones stray you away from your course? Efficiency and effectiveness, saving time and achieving goals were just some of the topics of the lecture "How to stay current" that our CTO, Boban Miksin, held at a recently organized Webiz conference.

Looking back at the fact that people are surrounded by a lot of information, in real life and via social networks, Boban explained that determining what is essential is hard to do. However, it is something that must be done.

-Being effective means you have directions in which you need to go. Being efficient means doing things in an optimal way. In the first place, you need to be effective, because efficiency will come through practice and discipline- said Boban.

He recalled how he sometimes had felt like an intruder among his friends who had been talking about topics that had been a part of their fields of interests. Hence, he tried to acquire knowledge about the fields his friends knew so much about, in order to have topics he could talk about with them. He realized that it was not possible, that you cannot know everything.

Boban

Ignoring things leads to productivity

Boban quoted Scott Hanselman:  "It's not what you read, it's what you ignore".

-When I started ignoring things, I became more productive. All the background noise and the things I was not interested in, I slowly started to ignore and tried to become an expert in the field of my interests- explained Boban.

He gave an example of context switching where he jumped from one task to another, but only had time to finish one task per day. Instead of finishing it efficiently in an hour or two, he was working on this task the entire day, without being able to finish it. He worked overtime, but that reflected on his sleeping time, because he slept only for four hours every night. This approach had an impact on his whole working week because he could not retrieve the lost time. He gave a piece of advice to the audience, stating that they should never let anything interrupt them, and that they ought to decide what is important and urgent and try to avoid multitasking.

-A person cannot multitask. You will work as processors do: context switching. You will work a bit on one assignment, then on some other, then you'll get involved with some third thing just to go back to the first one. You'll have an impression that you are achieving a lot, but at the end of the day you will realize that you have accomplished less than expected.

His conclusion was: try to make weekly plans but not more than 3 things per week. Be realistic. At the end of the week always check out whether you have reached all your objectives. You need discipline, persistence, consistency. And never give up.

Find role models. If you know somebody from your environment who is great at their jobs, who is very organized and knows how to delegate things try to be like them.

All that you currently know, all the experience that you have, has led you to here. If you want to go further, you will have to change some things, and you will have to change yourself first.

"Be selfish, do not let anyone steal your time" - stated Boban.
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