Category Archives: Productivity and Efficiency

Articles on productivity, efficiency, and general “getting things done”

On Failure

Imagine a goal you wish to achieve. You see four different strategies to achieve this goal, but only one will be successful.

Given your knowledge and experience, you deem the likelihood of each of these strategies being the right one as equal.

The chance that you will pick the correct strategy on the first go is then 1/4 (or 25%), right?

Imagine that you start applying one of these strategies to the problem. Either you’ve picked the right one and you’re successful. Or, you’ve picked the wrong one and you’ve failed.

If you fail but get back to work on the problem again, you now have a 1/3 (or 33%) chance of success.

Your failure increased the chance of success.

Fail two more times and success is guaranteed…

If you fail, you’ve successfully found one way your problem cannot be solved.

Header image by Ramdlon, Pixabay, Link


When clearing up a mess*, rather than thinking you’re a cleaner having to clean up someone else’s shit, think that you are Sherlock Holmes trying to solve a mystery.

* In my case this is mostly about programming… it can also be problems I caused when writing (but then I’m only blaming someone else when it was a character’s fault… 🙂 )

Taking control of your inbox with Microsoft Outlook

Why do you need this?

To doIn today’s world, a lot of business communication is happening via email. We do not have time or patience to sit down and talk on the phone, and a lot of people like to have things “black on white” instead of just floating in the air (like with a phone).

This leads to overfull inboxes.

Once your inbox reaches a certain size you start getting anxiety over what actually hides in the pile of musts and to-dos. Did you forget something important? Was there an email from your boss? How about that project that seems to be stuck? Was there a mail from them?

As the anxiety grows your aversion grows with it, and in a worst case scenario, you stop using email altogether. I’ve seen it happen more than once!

I am going to show you a way to keep your inbox empty and at the same time keep track of what emails need attention in what project/from what customer. And all by a press of a button and a drag-and-drop of the email in question.

Well, all you need is an installation of the desktop version of Microsoft Outlook and some time to set it up.

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