Geeks With Blogs
Paul Johnson TODO: Funny quip here.

In no particular order, here are the technologies with which I wish to dabble/learn/master.


  • Silverlight
  • Windows Phone 7
  • Windows Embedded (in a strictly hobbyist, build your own pet dog, approach)
  • MEF
  • Rx (Reactive Extensions)
  • Parallel Programming
  • Web Design (my skills are way out of date, like the HTML 5 spec!)

Though I have never been diagnosed with anything, I suffer from an incessent lack of focus. Call it what you will... ADD, ADHD, Shiny Key Syndrome... it sucks. It makes an evening that could be focused on learning and using a technology, such as WP7, one that quickly degrades into "ooh... Twitter" or "did you see what Kelly put in his FB post just now?" or "Hey, Futurama is on!" Those who experience this channel flipping in their own head could sympathize. The materials are there, ready and waiting; the time is blocked out, and yet... nothing. Mindless staring. Reading of useless news articles and rampand skimming of RSS feeds.

I have an action item in my head to solve this, but it may take time. I will start by clearing out my office of all possible distractions while I learn. Perhaps shut down facebook and keep my iPhone far out of reach. I should also make a calendar for what I wish to work on. If I set aside time for certain subjects, and store all of the blog rolls and web pages away into something like Evernote, this may be viable.

Can i stay the course? We shall see.

Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 12:40 PM | Back to top

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have you tried the Pomodoro Technique?

Seems like it helps. I can now focus better. Now I find that when I get hyper-focussed (in the zone) I have to force myself to take breaks. By doing that I can more consistently focus.
Left by Aaron on Aug 23, 2010 1:20 PM

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Thanks Aaron. I'm sold after reading the preface of "The Context."
Left by Paul J on Aug 23, 2010 4:26 PM

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