There are a couple of different techniques that I use to try to keep on task and pressing ahead while working in the world of SharePoint Engineering. A few of these include…
- Headphones – If you’re working on a client site and you’ve got to focus, definitely consider getting a pair of in-ear headphones or a pair of over the ear cup noise canceling headphones. I myself carry both with me (Shure SE530s and Bose QC15s). The in-ear headphones work great for isolating noise and they’re lightweight. The over the ear headphones, well okay, so the noise canceling is awesome. On top of that however, they make it pretty evident that you’re listening to music or something else and that you’ll actually have to try to get my attention – in-ear headphones unfortunately aren’t noticed and folks spend about two minutes yapping at me before realizing that I haven’t heard a word. Overall benefit – Pretty high considering that it allows me to get rid of all the background noise.
- Ergonomic Keyboard – What they say is true, if you’re more relaxed, you’re more likely to be productive. I use the Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 and cannot agree more that my hands aren’t more relaxed and able to press through a paper quicker and without as much wear on the joints than when I’m working with a regular keyboard. Overall benefit – Less wear and tear on the wrists and fingers and increased typing speed when returning to a flat keyboard.
- iPhone – Okay, so is there really anything to say about this? Whether you’ve got a Zune HD or an iPhone or iPod Touch, having music to listen to that isn’t too distracting but that is uplifting and get yous in the zone. Overall benefit – Provides the rhythm for what I’m working on. For those moments that require significant detail and thought, it’s time for some Carl Orff and Carmina Burana. For those moments that just need focus and momentum, it’s all about Tiesto.
- Screen Real Estate – Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP LCD Display. So not only is it gorgeous, it’s big and offers tons of real estate to have documents at 100% in Word or multiple Visual Studio windows and code samples open without having to move a window so that you can see what’s in your plan. Overall benefit – How often do you find yourself having to drag a window down, or left, or minimizing everything or changing the size of your windows? With more real estate, rarely do you have to worry about how to arrange things…
So what about you, what are your top four items that help you to get in the zone and press ahead toward excellence in your tasks and activities?
Have a few questions relating to SharePoint that have been causing problems in your environment or looking for a better approach to development perhaps? Live or work in the Northern Virginia area? Check out the Stump the Experts Panel on 21 January from 2-4 PM at the American Chemistry Council in Arlington, VA. SusQTech will be hosting this event and also presenting on the topic of “Preparing for SharePoint 2010”.
For those tougher questions that might take a little time to come up with an elegant solution or you’re just curious if SharePoint can handle a particular business problem, send an e-mail to jenm at susqtech dot com prior to the event.
Who: SusQTech and other SharePoint Professionals, and Enthusiasts
What: Stump the Experts Panel & Preparing for SharePoint 2010 presentation
Where: American Chemistry Council, 1300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
When: 21 January 2010, 2-4 PM
The Washington DC SharePoint User Group will be meeting this Thursday, 14 January from 6 til 9 PM at the Hire Strategy Offices in Reston, VA. For more information, check out the SUG DC site at:
It looks to be some great presentations on Thursday night with Benjamin Hodes of Microsoft presenting “Introducing Access 2010 and Access Services” along with Will Lawrence of Pontis Communications presenting “sharejPoint”.
If you’re not familiar with Access Services in SharePoint Server 2010, then you’re definitely in for a treat, empowering the end users to integrate and deploy Access solutions, centrally managed. And if you’re not familiar with jPoint, get ready to start rethinking your UX and how your users really work with SharePoint, delivering a rich user and developer interface to build some slick applications on SharePoint.
Who: Benjamin Hodes (Microsoft), Will Lawrence (Pontis Communications) and other SharePoint Professionals, and Enthusiasts
What: SharePoint User Group of Washington DC
Where: Hire Strategy, 11730 Plaza America Drive Reston, VA 20190
When: 14 January from 6-9 PM
Interested in leveraging scoped and personalized advertising for search results within a portal? Supposing that you’re using FAST from Microsoft, you’re potentially left wondering how you can make this model work. With the next generation advertising and Internet business capabilities of FAST’s AdMomentum (AdMo), advertisement management is simplified.
If you’re interested in this topic and happen to be in NYC, check out the FAST User Group meeting at the NYC Microsoft office on 13 January from 5:30-7:30 PM.
James Cooper and Tim McKinnon of Microsoft will be presenting.
For more information, check out: https://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=144259
Who: James Cooper and Tim McKinnon of Microsoft
What: FAST User Group Meeting
Where: Microsoft Corporation, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor, New York, NY
When: 13 January, 5:30-7:30 PM
The Capital Area .net SharePoint Special Interest Group will be meeting this Wednesday, 13 January from 7 til 9 PM at the AT&T Building in Vienna, VA. For more information, check out the SSIG info at:
Great group with several folks from the community that present on a regular basis to include Sahil Malik, John Miller and others.
What: Capital Area .net SharePoint Special Interest Group
Where: AT&T Building, Downstairs Conference Room, 1900 Gallows Road, Vienna, VA
When: 13 January, 7 – 9 PM
Live in the Tri-State area of the Philly Office Geeks? Looking for a some SharePoint goodness? Look no further than the first meeting of the Tri-State SharePoint User Group on Tuesday, 12 January from 6 til 9 PM at the Malvern Microsoft Office. It looks to be a packed meeting with Brett Lonsdale from Lightning Tools presenting an introduction to the Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint Server 2010 as well as Paul Schaeflein from Mindsharp discussing SharePoint developer tools in Visual Studio 2010.
Looking for more information? Check out the Philly Office Geeks announcement about the event at http://go.spdan.com/vlthc
Want to just go ahead and register? http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2odbur03b171d7f&oseq=a013mg2t3vw7w
Who: Brett Londsale (Lightning Tools), Paul Schaeflein (Mindsharp) and the Philly Office Geeks and other SharePoint professionals and enthusiasts
What: Philly Office Geeks – Tri-State SharePoint User Group
Where: Malvern Microsoft Office, 45 Liberty Blvd., Suite 210 Malvern, PA 19355
When: 12 January from 6-9 PM
Live near Princeton? Interested in SharePoint? Check out the Princeton SharePoint User’s Group on Wednesday, 13 January from 5:30 til 730 PM. For more information, check out the Princeton SharePoint User Group info at:
Jason Medero from B&R Solutions will be speaking on the topic of upgrading to SharePoint 2010. Toni Lanni will also be there from AvePoint for a raffle event.
If you’re not there in the greater Princeton area though, you can always tune in via Webex.
Use the following information to access the meeting. Feel free to tell colleagues, clients and business partners, anyone who you feel would benefit from these great presenters.
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