It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect Does it?

by Alison Quine on December 23, 2011

painting - it doesn't have to be perfect


I’ve heard this a lot this year. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

How many times have you  done something, only to toss it to the side, thinking it’s not good enough? I think we’ve all done this at one time or another. This year hasn’t been perfect. I’ve learned a lot but I know I can do more… be better.  Produce more artwork, be more organised, set up processes and goals. I shouldn’t be too hard on myself though, 2011 has been the most interesting year of my life so far.

So, I’m going to make some changes.

I think 2012 is going to be my year of getting things done. Speaking of which, I’ve just finished reading a fantastic book by David Allen, called, yep you guessed it – Getting Things Done*. I ordered it after watching him speak at Google, in a video I found on youtube, where he discusses productivity and goal setting.  He recommends you completely eliminate “to do lists” (damn, that’s what I usually use) and try his method instead which pretty much involves using a calendar for appointments and a few different lists, like a projects list, a next actions list, a waiting for list and a tickler file, which consists of 43 manilla folders, 31 for the days of the month and another 12 for the months.

He explains it all very well both in the video and in the book, so I don’t think it will be too hard to implement.  I’ve ordered my manilla folders, so they should arrive in the new year. I’ve also been writing out some goals, action lists, project lists etc. For now though, it’s time to relax and enjoy Christmas with family and friends. We’re having a BBQ at the inlaws, which should be nice if the weather is good. So, Happy Christmas to everyone! I hope you all have a brilliant time!

What are your plans for 2012? Have you set some goals or are you just going to wing it?

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Google Sued by BT – Change Their Name to Frugal

by Alison Quine on December 22, 2011

photo of artwork depicting google search engine box

According to BBC news, British Telecom have filed a civil suit against Google, alleging that some Google products and services including Android, and its search, music, map, and location-based advertising infringe on one or more of six of its patents. They have also asked for an injunction against Google, as well as unspecified damages, which may even be tripled if proven that Google’s alleged infringement of the patents was deliberate.

While BT claim they are acting in the interest of protecting their “intellectual property rights and innovation,” Google has come out with the full intention of fighting the lawsuit.

Google are taking several cost cutting measures in the meantime. They are planning to change their search engine name to Frugal and will be limiting users to a mere 10 searches per day.

(Okay, so that last part isn’t true but just imagine…) Here’s a few items I made.

Visit my Zazzle shop and have a little browse.



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