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Last week Lifehacker shared out this blog post by Jesse Stormier: "Put Your Inbox in the Upstairs Bathroom". And it immediately clicked for me: living inside the inbox is just too easy. This, of course, makes the shift to living outside the inbox even more difficult, as people don't change until the pain of staying the same outweighs the pain of change.
This really can come down to a chicken or egg issue: is our addiction to email fueled by the ease of use, or is the ease of use driven by our addiction? In either case the solution, in part, is just as easy. In Jesse's post he notes how he switched from a slick GUI client and push notifications to using a command line email client, akin to putting his inbox as far away from him as his upstairs bathroom. Now, for a Unix guru that's a rather elegantly simple solution, as he is more than comfortable with the command line I'm sure. I'm even guessing it would work for a number of you reading this post here on developerWorks as well, knowing your technical excellence often has you playing on the command line.
Me? I'm lazy. While putting my inbox in the upstairs bathroom is a grand idea (my home office is upstairs, so it really isn't much of a trip at all), going as far as using Mutt on the CLI to access it is more akin to putting my inbox in my backyard, or for other people it may even be closer to their postal box down the street. Making email hard to use isn't really the point of "working outside of the inbox". Rather, the intent is to improve our collaborative efforts using tools better suited to the tasks and not automatically default to using email unless it really is the right tool for the job. So, let's make it easy!
Ok, but where's the solution? What's the recommendation? Two simple parts come to mind here:
With these two easy bits covered, my last recommendation will be to schedule specific and focused time in your day to address your inbox messages, freeing you from the shackles of your inbox the rest of the day! I know a few people around here only deal with email first thing in the morning when they arrive to work, and last thing before they leave (in between, of course, is when real work is being done and collaboration occurring all across the organization in the right tools for the jobs at hand). Or perhaps scheduling three times to check: on arrival, right after lunch, and again before leaving for the day.
Regardless of how you go about it, finding what works for you is the key to enjoying a life outside of your inbox. I assure you, it is absolutely worth the mild pain of change!
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A new video is available on the Rational Support YouTube channel. This video is a demonstration of creating custom code in Rational Performance Tester recorded during an Open Mic session. A link and preview of the video are below.
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IBM Rational DOORS -- Attributes: This demo is a brief overview of IBM Rational DOORS Attributes. We explore how attributes are used within Rational DOORS to capture relevant information, and assist in better understanding the requirements project. We show how to view, and edit the value of attributes, and how to create new attributes and attribute types. The focus is object attributes, but module attributes are considered as well.
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Don't miss out! Tomorrow, March 30th, at 2pm-3pm Japanese time:
This openmic session will be presented in Japanese and at a region appropriate time. For more session details, including connection and dial-in information, check out our Japanese OpenMic landing page.
Now, look at all the great stuff slated to be discussed in this upcoming session: Topic: Tips for Rhapsody for Intermediate users As a client within the region, you won't want to miss this session presented for you in Japanese. For connection and dial-in details head over to the Japanese OpenMic landing page. This page highlights this session's details scheduled for tomorrow March 30th, 14:00 to 15:00 JP time.
Topic: Tips for Rhapsody for Intermediate users
As a client within the region, you won't want to miss this session presented for you in Japanese. For connection and dial-in details head over to the Japanese OpenMic landing page. This page highlights this session's details scheduled for tomorrow March 30th, 14:00 to 15:00 JP time.
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Have we got news for you! Integrate Rational ALM applications with SAP Solution Manager! This is a unified approach to managing and testing SAP and non-SAP projects.
This article by Bernd Eberhardt, and IBM Product Manager, provides detailed information on integrating your Rational ALM applications with your SAP Solution Manager installation.
If that isn't enough to get you interested in the article, how about this summary:
Businesses with SAP environments that need to adapt to changing needs quickly will benefit from an open, extensible ALM platform that is based on industry standards. With tools that scale existing processes, reduce costs, and use a quality-based approach, you will meet business objectives efficiently, too. Learn how and why integrating SAP's Solution Manager with Rational ALM applications optimizes deployment for SAP and non-SAP projects.
Still not convinced? This Table of contents should show you just how robust the article is, as Bernd walks through not only the 'why' of this integration, but the 'how' as well.
Complete with screenshots, and a serious list of resources to help guide you beyond this article, you won't want to miss this one.