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La vida es muy peligrosa. No por las personas que hacen el mal, sino por las que se sientan a ver lo que pasa.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Científico alemán nacionalizado estadounidense.

lunes, diciembre 19, 2011

Are You Making These 7 Productivity Mistakes?

Are You Making These 7 Productivity Mistakes?:
You want to get things done. You're keen to be efficient and effective. "Productivity" is your favorite word – and you're working really hard at it. The problem is, if you're going about being productive the wrong way, you might just be setting yourself up to fail.

These are seven common mistakes that people make when they're trying to be more productive. Do any of them sound familiar?

Mistake #1: Cutting Back on Sleep
When you need an extra hour or two in the day, it's very tempting to simply cut back on sleep. You'll even hear productivity gurus advising that you "get up half an hour early" in order to create some extra time.

The problem is, skimping on sleep is going to decrease your productivity. In the short-term, you'll find yourself struggling to focus. You'll work more slowly than usual. In the longer-term, you could end up getting ill more often.

Mistake #2: Multi-Tasking

Although multi-tasking sounds good, it rarely works. You can multi-task if you're combining a physical task with a mental one (e.g. you listen to audio books while doing the ironing) – but you can't multi-task by reading emails while working on your big report.

When you try to tackle several work tasks simultaneously, you're really just switching your focus constantly from one to another. This breaks your flow, slows you down, and leaves you more susceptible to distractions.

Mistake #3: Doing Everything Yourself
Perhaps you believe that if you want a job done well, do it yourself. Instead of delegating tasks to other people (at work and at home), you simply get on with them. Some of the tasks aren't exactly challenging – like data entry, or doing laundry – but you want them done to your high standards.

This isn't just bad for your productivity, it's bad for the people around you. If you try to do every little thing yourself, you're going to be using up time that would be better spent on more high-powered activities. And if you never give your subordinates (or your kids) a chance to tackle something new, you're stopping them from growing.

Mistake #4: Focusing Solely on Numbers

It's often useful to track particular metrics: how many miles you ran this week, or how many new leads you got from a particular business conference. But just focusing on numbers can be counter-productive – you'll miss all the important things that can't be easily quantified.

There's often not an obvious ROI to be found – especially in areas like relationship-building. You may need to invest time without any immediate results, but the network you create around yourself could be invaluable in the future.

Mistake #5: Eating at Your Desk
When you're busy, it's tempting to skip a lunch break in favor of carrying on with work. You grab a sandwich at your desk, munching away while reading emails. Once in a while, you might genuinely be so rushed that you have to do this – but if it's happening every day, you need to reassess things.

Taking a proper break helps refresh you for the afternoon ahead. Even getting out of the office and walking around for 15 minutes is valuable. And if you can eat lunch somewhere other than your desk, you'll probably enjoy the meal more – and digest it better.

Mistake #6: Checking Email Frequently
Unless your whole job is about answering emails (e.g. you're in tech support), you almost certainly don't need to check email every ten minutes. You don't need to have a notification pop up on your screen with every new message, either.

All too often, we check email when we're not too sure what we should be doing – or when we're putting off a more important task. If you're genuinely worried about missing an urgent message, use a service like AwayFind to make sure that you're alerted about emails from your boss / client / child-minder.

Mistake #7: Pushing Yourself Hard

In the quest for productivity, you may find yourself trying to squeeze more and more into your days. Perhaps you're working full time and running a business on the side – while writing a novel and redecorating the spare bedroom. If your days, evenings and weekends are all packed full, something's eventually going to give.

In many cases, that may be your health. Mental and physical health issues can be caused by stress and overwork – and the time you'll lose to ill health can add up to far more than the extra few hours you gained.

Of course, it's good to be productive – to achieve things in both professional and personal life. But don't try to be productive at the expense of all else, and don't adopt measures for short-term gain that are going to cause problems over the long-term.

If you've got a productivity tip to share – or a mistake to warn us about! – then leave a comment below...

Written on 12/19/2011 by Ali Luke. Ali writes a blog, Aliventures, about leading a productive and purposeful life (get the RSS feed here). As well as blogging, she writes fiction, and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing.Photo Credit: MrVJTod

lunes, noviembre 21, 2011

The Shed / Richard Peters Associates

The Shed / Richard Peters Associates:

© Justin Alexander

Architects: Richard Peters Associates
Location: , Australia
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 74 sqm
Photographs: Justin Alexander

Tucked away at the end of a lane in the Sydney suburb of Randwick, close to The Spot and in walking distance to Coogee beach, is a 74 sqm simple brick industrial structure built in 1890 by two Irish blacksmiths (brothers) to house their coach building business.

Over the past 120 years the building has also operated as a motorcycle repair shop, secondhand washing machine warehouse, a builder’s workshop, and more recently a studio for local artists. Having grown up in the area, one of the owners knew the building well and when it came up for sale in 2003, took a leap of faith and invested in a project that presented an exciting opportunity to develop a smaller, sustainable and more efficient way to live, while challenging the convention that ʻbigger is betterʼ.

© Justin Alexander

Existing Floor Plan

Sustainable Renewal

The project responds to the city’s growing need for adaptive reuse, meets the constraints of a limited budget and addresses the long term needs of owners who wanted a home that would reduce the use of traditional (costly/polluting) energy requirements – all without compromising the level of amenity or comfort, in fact improving it, while maximizing privacy and renewing/greening a forgotten lane way.

© Justin Alexander


The building has a north-facing roof that has been set up with solar panels to harness the sun, there are operable doors and windows from north to south to allow good cross ventilation so there is no need for air conditioning, while the thermal mass of the concrete floor holds the winter sun to warm the building in the colder months. Along the southern wall a full bank of kitchen/storage on ground level, and robe/storage on the first level, has been installed as an effective insulator from the adjoining lane way.

© Justin Alexander

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Casa 712 / H Arquitectes

Casa 712 / H Arquitectes:

© Adria Goula

Arquitectos: H Arquitectes (David Lorente, Josep Ricart, Xavier Ros, Roger Tudó)
Ubicación: Gualba, Barcelona, España
Colaboradores: Montse Fornés, arquitecta (Harquitectes) / Anna Bonet, interiorista (Harquitectes) / Iñaki González de Mendiguchia, arquitecto técnico
Promotor: Carmen Guiral, Jorge Efrén Sánchez
Fecha: 2007-2011
Superficie construida: 127.40 m2
Costo de la obra: 120.000€
Constructora: Construcciones Jufraed 2001, S.L.
Fotografías: Adria Goula

La casa era para una pareja joven sin hijos, con unas demandas programáticas iniciales bastante convencionales, garaje, tres habitaciones, estudio, etc.). La parcela, triangular y de unos 400 m2, formaba parte de una promoción de suelo protegido para autopromotores del Incasòl y estaba sujeta a un calendario fijado para el desarrollo de la casa.

© Adria Goula

El proceso proyectual se basó en una reducción continúa de las demandas de los clientes, y de nosotros mismos, para disminuir el precio final de la casa sin dejar de reconocer las especificidades de la pareja, del solar y del contexto (geográfico y económico).

© Adria Goula

Durante este proceso de renuncias el coste se redujo a menos de la mitad. La primera decisión fue no hacer ningún gesto respecto al solar, renunciamos a concentrar espacio exterior en alguna de las fachadas, puesto que esta estrategia pasaba necesariamente por una vivienda de dos plantas, y entendíamos que para lograr los objetivos constructivos y económicos hacía falta sólo planta baja… esta renuncia volumétrica implicaba una renuncia programática: no habría garaje, no habría vestíbulo y no habría más que un baño.

© Adria Goula

Asumimos la geometría triangular del solar y establecimos una distribución sistemática a partir de dos tipos de espacios básicos equivalentes, que sólo se calificaban en función de su orientación y relación con el exterior: tres espacios de 8 a 10 m2 y tres de 15 a 18 m2. Todos ellos en fachada, alrededor de un espacio central triangular no programado pero con una superficie suficiente para asumir usos no previstos (almacén, comedor de verano, estudio, bicis).

© Adria Goula

La voluntad de trabajar con un sistema económico de muros, que trabajaran a compresión, se concretó con una tecnología asumible para un albañil tradicional y “de pueblo”, evitando cualquier sistema constructivo que no estuviera al alcance de un único interlocutor. A pesar del control presupuestario, a la hora de pedir financiación, los clientes se encontraron con la negativa de los bancos para financiar los 250.000 euros previstos inicialmente, a partir de ahí se inició un proceso de revisión, (todavía más) simplificación de las tecnologías y eliminación implacable del revestimientos y acabados prescindibles, que nos permitió, con la aprobación del albañil, ajustar el presupuesto hasta los 120.000€ finales.

Planta 2

La casa se construyó con una doble hoja con cámara, con el muro estructural en la hoja interior para evitar puentes térmicos. Este muro, de gero colocado para quedar visto, cómo el resto de muros de carga interiores, se construye encima del forjado sanitario, sobredimensionado para soportar un pavimento de hormigón que se completó antes de iniciar la construcción de las paredes, ocultando juntas y evitando las dificultades de aplicación que implica un pavimento de hormigón a posteriori.

Elevación / Corte

La fachada se realizó con el mismo ladrillo gero visto pero girado, con los agujeros a la vista, configurando una fachada ventilada con una cámara que drena las aguas muy fácilmente por geometría. En el forjado de la cubierta se dejaron viguetas y bovedillas vistas estrictamente apoyadas en los muros de carga, para evitar la transmisión de momentos a la estructura mural. La cubierta se protegió con el material reciclado obtenido de los residuos cerámicos generados por la misma obra. En cuanto a los ventanales, sólo los espacios amueblados como habitación (dos piezas) se cerraron con carpinterías superpuestas (no encajadas) a las paredes de carga.

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Todas las instalaciones verticales de electricidad y de datos se dejaron vistas, ocultando las horizontales en el hormigón de pendientes de la cubierta. Finalmente se pintó toda la fábrica cerámica interior de color blanco. Al exterior, para nivelar y allanar ligeramente el terreno se utilizó un sistema de muros de tierra armada, y con las mismas barras de acero corrugado se realizó una valla muy ligera que servirá de apoyo para la vegetación.

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